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    November 2, 2009
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before that because we don't care about the people, we care about big interest. host: do you see the republicans getting their clocks cleaned this room? guest: no, i think they will win. but i@@@@::zz
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guest: if he had gotten some progress going on in that -- i think he made a big political mistake -- and why are we having a massive debate about health care proposal the will raise taxes and cut medicare as joblessness is going up? friday morning acting as the net jobs report and it is likely unemployment could be 10%. you looked at this whether you are republican or democrat, saying i am happy to live a health care debate should we focus on the economy? host: baltimore. savannah on the line. caller: it is funny. i am from savannah. but i live in baltimore. but i just thought that was funny. but anyway, i wanted to say to your guest, bill kristol, i know
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what it is like not to have insurance sometimes. it was frightening. he is a strange kind of guy. i've read a lot of his articles and things. i want to ask him one thing when it comes to the president, since he knows the lot about everything, i want to know what he would do at this time about health-care and what would he do and how the would determine what is going to do about afghanistan? host: you talk a little bit about health care what you would like to see. go into afghanistan. we haven't talked about that. the president's -- facing a decision.
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guest: just on health care -- i think people nervous about losing insurance, quite rightly, if they switch jobs or owners, and there are provisions right now where the owner picks up insurance because he can't throw some people out. i think you could extend cobra, which can allow you to keep purchasing insurance when you lose -- whose job. you can make high risk pools and pulling of small businesses. these are manageable things to do without busting the budget and they are pretty much in this small bill proposal and a republican bill that i think will be introduced tomorrow. i do not minimize concerns -- i am not a fan big -- big fan of insurance companies. i had a big argument with one before. they cut a deal with obama and then turning against. i think we need to look at helping middle-class and working-class americans, not big business. and i think republicans probably made a mistake i guess and the last 10 years being a
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little too cozy with big business, including wall street. on afghanistan, we have been persistent in "the weekly standing -- "the weekly standard closed what about if we are going to fight a war we have to win the war and deploy the resources. i have great confidence in general mcchrystal and general petraeus. general mcchrystal was given that position by president obama. in march -- the right decision. mcchrystal is a very able commander. they are united in this recommendation. i don't see any reason -- if you are going to fight the war you have to give the troops to win. if you decide what can't win and let's get out, that is another decision. the president obama says we are not good to get out. so if you are not getting out, fight it properly. host: you mentioned people read about losing insurance but what you a great -- agreed people are worried about increasing rates and employers were about increasing costs and people who
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can't get insurance by preexisting conditions? how could a republican or alternative -- guest: the and partial scores said would -- oppose the bill would raise premiums more. -- but pelosi bill would raise premiums more. who would pay for the subsidy -- working and middle-class americans through taxes. pre-existing conditions are one of the toughest things. there are 1 million up to 2 million americans to fail to get insurance because of pre- existing conditions, and that is on the individual market. if you work for "the weekly standard" we are in a pull together and we were bought from one company to another, we have a new insurance plan, but the law does not permit the new insurance plan to throw out the employees because of pre-
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existing conditions. the difference is if you are covered by employer and then have to buy your own insurance and our proposals in the republican plan and other academic to work out different versions on how you could have high risk pools and help subsidize people with pre- existing conditions. that is 1 million to 2 million people. it is no need to transfer the entire system to what those. host: bob on the independent line. caller: @ thank you for taking my call. mr. kristol is a neocon and never found a war he didn't enjoy. but i wanted as whether he thought the interview about his captivity with the taliban and what he learned about his motives, and those being that we are on their territory, that we have abused their people, we have overthrown their government and what he thinks -- how he would feel if the muslims did
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that to our country. guest: i think we were attacked on 9/11 we weren't on their territory. i think afghans did not want to be governed by the taliban and don't want outcry that terror bases there and i think we are helping both afghans stand up to very nasty dictatorship which is what they have before 9/11 and also more importantly, helping them not have their country be a base for terror. host: what do you think about pakistan's government, the efforts of the military recently to fight the inch spot -- insurgents in the western part of pakistan? pakistan guest: is a difficult and complicated country. we have a long piece in this issue that brings attention to this effort. with bipartisan, regional, they were extremely pessimistic about parts of the country could fall, the pakistani taliban, that the army could never get it
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together enough to launch an offensive in waziristan. and actually they are fighting. it is not as elegantly as our military would do it, but i've got to say that actually the situation and pakistan is a little better i think that people would have expected. host: this research showed that pakistan started it because they got pushed by washington recently especially with the funding? guest: certainly encourage them but also they see self preservation and they toyed and played with fire and now they are getting burned. and the taliban and pakistan has blistered to threaten parts of the state, so thank god they are asking -- acting in their rational self-interest but i do think there are decent people of pakistan who don't want pakistan to be a terror -- some crazy radical islamist government to be controlling their nuclear weapons. but we pushed them to act.
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and i think, again, they will not act if we get out of afghanistan. president obama, to his credit, increased troops in march and i think it was a signal we are there to stay and that in bolten those and pakistan -- emboldened those and pakistan. if we get out i think pakistan starts cutting deals. host: with the news that the bbc is reporting that hamid karzai has been declared the winner and bob dole of withdrew. does this strengthen our hand, -- and bob dolabdullah withdrew guest: we may not have used that leverage as well as what might have. i think what we're doing five until to thousand five -- things were quiet and the government went on a good path and for some other reason, the ambassador of people on the ground i think decided you can't be too pushy, let's be hands off. in a way that was a big mistake.
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if you are going to be fighting in a country, you need to be working with the civilian governments and sometimes pressuring them. people may say it is heavy- handed, but if you have americans over there fighting i think we have a right to push them and i think we are pretty good at it. ambassador crocker did rather well in iraq. the government was hopeless in 2006 and 2007. it is not perfect now but he pushed it to be more responsive, opened up and let the sunnis in and things are much better than two years ago. host: janet on our republican line from new hampshire. caller: @ thank you for taking my call. one of the things mr. kristol said is congress and president obama should be concentrated on stimulating the economy. i have a real-life story. my boss called friday morning and let me know my insurance was going up by 42%, my health insurance. my premium from 953 enough --
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$953 a month to 13 under dollars a month. host: cobra or what? caller: still employed. but i will have to drop the insurance because i cannot afford it. more than a mortgage payment. it is crazy for us. one of the things i wanted to say is by offering affordable health care, which i think they're trying to do with the bill, a good portion, by offering affordable health care dish should stimulate the economy. we would be able to put the money back into the economy in many ways. i did when it to know what your thoughts were regarding that. -- i just wanted to know. guest: there should be affordable health insurance for people, and the employer should not be limited to a choice of one plant. if there were -- could purchase a prostate, a key part, a person in new hampshire may be able to shop and other states. i did not know about particular
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family conditions, but there are many health insurance policies that are a lot cheaper than $1,300 a month if one is willing to have the more catastrophic policies, which is what people need and worry about, hospitalization or some chronic illness, if they were to have higher copays. so, health care has gotten more expensive and there is no way around that. maybe there are long-term reforms that could reduce the rate of growth. but that is not the case with this bill. it is increasing government spending. it is not decrease national spending on health care. so it will not make health care more affordable. the way to do that is, for example, let people shop for health insurance like other things and put pressure on insurance companies, so one insurance company can go to one employer to say your rates are 42% and you have to say, ok. host: polls across the country will open and less than 24 hours.
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a headline in "the wall street journal." virginia race tests obama's staying power. and this morning in "the new york times," the current government in virginia is quoted in the piece of the referendum or vote in virginia as well as new jersey. tim kane said, -- host: what those that divide look like for republicans going into 2010? guest: i am a virginia resident and voter and that actually voted saturday because i will be busy all day tomorrow. look, taim kaine, i like him personally and i think he has been an adequate governor but it will be a tough day tomorrow as his successor gets beaten by almost a dozen points. this is going to be a pretty
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amazing swing. president obama 1 va by six points and i think democrats will lose it by 12 or so. president obama won new jersey by 15 points or 60 points, and i think republicans will win then -- there but a couple of points. looking at a swing in a year. it does not mean that republicans will win everything in 2010 or 2012. it might just be a reaction against one-party government in washington, maybe against some of president obama's over -- or the democratic converts. tim kane -- and this is the favorite mantra -- the divide between moderate republicans and conservative republicans, that is kind of their hope. when was the last time there was really a big divide between moderate and conservative republicans? 1976 when ronald reagan ran a primary challenge against a moderate republican president, gerald ford, barely lost. he did not even give his full
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part in support to gerald ford. 1978 i remember a friend of mine, a young activist, challenge the liberal republican incumbent in new jersey and loss to build bradley. al d'amato@@@@h guest: turmoil in the party is not bad. obviously, it is problematic. it's easier not to have people grumbling and complaining. but i think it is a sign of health. as a sign of grassroots activity, citizens getting involved. i don't think people go off the deep end. the fact there was a challenge in the 23rd district in new york does not mean that it will not accept a more moderate candidate in delaware, illinois. mike casel. the left keeps hoping that conservatives will be suicidal. they will not be. i do think you need the
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conservative populists's energy and independence from washington and ideas. i think conservatives in the that, republicans need that. you can't just the top down rehashed out -- ideas outside the beltway. tim kaine can console himself -- i did it will be a bad defeat, they will win those races, he can consoled myself by hoping that the republican party will self-destruct i don't think it will happen. host: barbara, long beach new york. independent line. are you there? caller: yes, i am. this is my first time. i have been trying to get a hold of you. i want to know, how come they have to demonize pelosi? how come every time one party wants to do something, they pick somebody and they work on that person? we all have to live together. it is time for all of this
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foolishness. we do need some kind of medical help. host: broadening your question. you referred to swine flu democrats. what do you mean? guest: nancy pelosi's plan, she stood up and introduced it. we say it is the pelosi plan and it is bad legislation. swine flu democrats, trying to make the point that the democrats want to be the party, given the with the swine flu epidemic or emergency as the president legally dubbed it a few weeks ago, that they want to be the party, a huge expansion of government run health care. are they that confident the government can do an excellent job? obama -- we can figure out there is over use, under use and is part of oklahoma, we can adjust the payment rates. there is huge central planning
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in the obama administration and among democrats like nancy pelosi and henry waxman and george miller -- it is just a fact. they don't deny it. they said the other day we need more government. let's have a debate. i don't think it is so great. host: here is georgia. judy, a republican collar. caller: hello? yes, sir. i want to talk about my husband. hello? host: go ahead, judy. caller: my husband is 53 years old and he is totally disabled. the courts ruled and disabled from day one. he worked for 30 years at a plant and his back was " we messed up and only thing they could do for him was put paint shops in his back. well, he got his social security disability but he doesn't have medicaid or medicare, they said it would be two years before he is eligible even though the court ruled in totally disabled.
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so he don't have access to medical care at all. why is that? why is it when a united states citizen is declared disabled they have to wait time before they can get medicaid or medicare? host: 8 collar like that, better worse off? -- a caller like that. . guest: there are obviously community health clinics and other medical facilities that provide medical care cheaply or, in the cases of need, for free. i'm not minimizing the collar's husband's typical. i am sure -- caller's husband's difficulty. but there is health care
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available in the country for people who cannot afford to pay. ad. caller: good morning, michigan. host: michigan. i'm sorry. caller: i just wanted to say the last time i checked, unemployment was 19.5%, and my husband, who just had his 29th anniversary at the company he worked at has been laid off and is losing his mind. i would be crying if i thought it would do any good, but it will not. he is doing everything he can to find a job. as soon as he sees something in the newspaper, he goes there. he is so talented, he can fix anything, but he is 65 years
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old, too, and that is a problem. a few weeks ago, senator lugar? he was on "newsmakers" and the thing that really got to me, everybody keeps saying, "what are the republican plans?" now you are talking about breaking down barriers between states. i am all for that. i wish we could do that right now and get on with it. he was talking, and they have to ask him twice, and he said something like -- basically, he was talking about the welfare
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fund -- i forget what you called it. they were going to juggle those are around and find a way to send a check out to these poor people so that they could buy their insurance. if you think sending a check to someone on welfare is a good idea, you are nouts. guest: i am sorry about her husband. that area has pretty horrible unemployment. unemployment is bad everywhere. that is why i come back to the notion of president obama trying to rally bipartisan support for stimulus and the job growth, reducing the payroll tax. reducing other barriers to hire
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people. i think there is bipartisan support for that. the caller is right, the government cannot just continue to print money. the key is to get the economy growing again. that will take care of all lot of problems. distributing money to people will not solve any problems. host: next phone call. virginia. caller: i wonder why our government cannot put a lot of the unemployed people to work. there are so many unemployed. if i was watching "60 minutes" and how many billions of dollars are being fraudulently spent with medicare and they do not have the employees in washington to correct all of the fraud. why can they hire and train
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these people? your guest last week talked about the $8,000 credit. that is so fraudulent. there are people who are claiming that money when they did not have any proof that they bought a home the fraud in the country is unbelievable. i do not know why the government cannot hire people to take care of this misspending and fraud. it does not make sense to me. i know -- i voted for obama -- he said that he was going to help these people. host: 2 are you going to vote for tomorrow? caller: time voted republican,
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absentee. mark warner is the best governor we have had since i have lived here. i have lived here 22 years. he should have been president. caller: i think there are a lot of voters like that in virginia. by definition, i suppose, there are some people switching from one side to the other. if president obama said we had a problem with fraud in medicare, i will be going to washington to hire more federal employees dedicated to saving money, they would be able to weed out incredible amount of abuse. i think many republicans would agree with that, but that is not what he is doing, he is
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expanding the system. host: you have a critical piece on the bill in the "weekly standard." you have described it as the worst bill ever. they conclude with this -- when you go to that extreme? guest: it could have big and bad consequences. when we have a health care system that is rickety because we are spending so much, it is
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one heck of a time to be imposing this. i think, frankly, republicans could come in to fix it in 2010 and 2012, but a lot of these things are not so easy to fix. we are in a bad recession, people are not hiring. and they are going to keep budget taxes on wealthy people. secondly, the bush tax cut to expire and taxes will go up again in 2011. is that going to help hiring as well as producing the debt? that is the problem we are looking at. i think we can get bipartisan support for these types of problems, but instead he is focusing on other things than
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the economy. host: some say that what we need now is more government spending to jump-start the economy. why do you think their argument is wrong? guest: their opinion is not entirely different. they are also worried about a weak recovery. even some of the obama cheerleaders, supporters are very worried that recovery will peter out. i am happy to have a debate. i think the evidence would be on the side of a lot of conservative economists, and we will all make our own opinions heard. the fact is, i do not think that the stimulus bill and health care are being addressed properly. this is their agenda. they have not done much good so
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far. according to christina romer, it is petering out. the next thing he wants to do, health care, is a burden on the economy. host: harvey, michigan. john, go ahead. caller: i am on medicare gold, and the doctors are refusing to take it now. i do not know what on will do. i am disabled. and that is what i wanted to ask, what are your ideas? guest: one reason that doctors are refusing to take medicare is because reimbursement rates are much lower right now and they are finding it untenable to
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treat medicare patients, and therefore, are refusing not to treat those people, which i think is unfortunate. however, the pelosi bill attempts to put the money back elsewhere. doctors are more burdened by this bill, basically. that is what is appalling about it. this bill does not help average americans with the quality of care, cost of care. it is a huge government program. it does cover some of the uninsured, but otherwise, it is just a burden on the economy and >> we are giving this recorded program -- leaving this recorded
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program for the u.s. house. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of january 6, 2009, the chair will now recognize members from lists submitted by the majority and minority leaders for morning hour debate. the chair will alternate recognition between the parties with each party limited to 30 minutes and each member other than the majority and minority leaders and the minority whip limited to five minutes. the chair recognizes the the gentlewoman from north carolina, ms. foxx, for five minutes. ms. foxx: thank you, madam speaker. everywhere i go in my district people tell me they are frightened. they are frightened about what is happening in this country. they fear for the future of our country. what they are talking about is that they fear for our freedoms and they fear for the principles that formed this country and have always been the basis on which we have
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operated. i share that fear. and i believe they should be be fearful. i believe that the greatest fear that we all should have is -- to our freedom comes from this room, this very room, and what may happen later this week in terms of a tax increase bill masquerading as a health care bill. i believe we have more to fear from the potential of that bill passing than we do from any terrorist right now in any country. in order to help explain some of why we should be fearful, the republican conference has gone through speaker pelosi's bill, tax bill masquerading as a health care bill, and brought out some pertinent points page by page. i want to share some of those with people. one of the good things that's happened this year is that
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people have learned they can read these bills and become familiar with them themselves. so they don't need us to tell them, but it may help to point to specific pages. page 94, section 202-c prohibits the sale of private individual health insurance policies beginning in 2013 forcing individuals to purchase coverage through the federal government. we can't make that up. it's right there in the bill. page 110, section 22-e requires the use of federal dollars to fund abortions through the government-run health plan, and if the hyde amendment were ever not renewed, would require the plan to fund elective abortions. page 111, section 223, establishes a new board of federal bureaucrats, the quote, health benefits advisory committee, end quote, to dictate the health plans that all individuals must purchase
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and would likely require all americans to subsidize and purchase plans that cover any abortion. and i think one of the funniest pieces in the bill is anything can be considered funny, page 122, section 233-a-3 requires the commissioner, the new insurance czar, to, quote, issue guidance on best practices of plain language writing. this from the same people who wrote a 1990-page health care bill which is very difficult to read. i want to go page 1183, section 1904 provides $750 million in federal funding for new entitlement programs to offer, quote, knowledge of realistic expectations of age appropriate child behaviors and skills for parents to interact with their child.
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sections, page 1255, sections 2231 to 2235 makes veterinary students eligible for up to $283 million in federal scholarships and student loan forgiveness funds. section -- page 1432, section 2531 provides incentive payments to states and enact new medical liability laws but only if such laws, quote, do not limit attorneys fees or impose caps on damages. we need medical liability reform. this bill will prevent that from happening. it's a bad bill. the american people should be frightened of it. with that, madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields. the chair recognizes the gentleman from florida, mr. stearns, for five minutes. mr. stearns: i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. stearns: madam speaker, thanks to new drilling techniques that are unlocking substantial amounts of natural gas from shale rock, the
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nation's estimated gas reserves have surged by 35% according to a recent study. a study conducted by the potential gas committee, the authority on natural gas supplies has indicated the united states possess as total natural gas reserve of 1,836 trillion cubic feet of natural gas or enough to last almost a century at current consumption rates. this new estimate shows an exceptionally strong and optimistic gas supply picture for this country. according to the report, which is issued every two years by a group of academic and industry experts, the new estimate is the highest resource evaluation in the committee's 44-year history and some geologists say even this estimate is too conservative. much of the 35% increase comes from estimated gas reserves that are trapped deep in dense shale rock which drilling companies have only recently learned how to tap. shale information -- shale
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formations are deep underground, 6,000 feet or more, and the rock is relatively impermeable. deep drilling is expensive and in the past the amount of gas that could be recovered was not sufficient to justify the cost. however new advances in production techniques have boosted all previous estimates of financially recoverable natural gas. one shale information, in fact one shale formation that is receiving new attention is the marcellus basin, a 400 million-year-old shale formation stretching from new york to west virginia. that basin alone is believed to hold as much as 500 trillion cubic feet of natural gas or the approximate equivalent of 80 billion barrels of oil. it's not clear, however, how much of the shale gas is recoverable. now, in recent years natural gas producers have expanded the use of a nique nique called who are zontal drilling. after drilling more than a mile
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below the surface a. drill operator then slowly steers the drill a bit to one side until it's heading sideways across the shale layer. this technique allows access to more of the shale than a traditional vertical well could provide. however even with this new technique the density of shale rock still traps most of the gas. producers therefore use a process called hydraulic fracturing in which water and sand mixture is forced at very high pressure into the well that creates millions of tiny cracks in the rock, enabling more of the gas to be released. while shale gas provides only a small fraction of the nation's total gas production, many experts believe the rising supply of natural gas means it can be substituted for other fossil fuels. natural gas can also serve as a bridge between our current energy feed stocz and renewable energy consumption. according to the former
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administrator of energy administration, natural gas has a role to play as a bridge because of the long lead time and scalibility of the issue of renewable fuels. it's nice to have aspirations about renewable fuels but we need to recognize these long-term goals and then we need something to get us there in the meantime. as an energy source, natural gas is cheaper than oil and when burned it emits 30% less carbon dioxide than oil and 45% less carbon dioxide than coal on an energy efficient basis. natural gas is also highly efficient, approximately 90% of the natural gas produces deliverable to consumers as useful energy. in contrast, only about 30% of the energy converted to elecktrits and conventional generating facility ever reaches the consumer. with 84% of the natural gas consumed in the united states being produced domestically, an increase in the use of natural gas would not only dramatically lower greenhouse gas emissions, but it would also reduce our
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dependence on foreign oil. natural gas powers vehicles in use today and is helping to improve air quality by displacing petroleum powered vehicles which contribute about 3/4 of the carbon dioxide pollution found in urban areas. according to n.g.v. america, one out of every 10 transit buses and 130,000 school buses, taxicabs, and other vehicles on u.s. roads are already fueled with cleaner burning natural gas. in 2008 the use of natural gas vehicles displaced almost 300 million gallons of petroleum use in the united states. using natural gas instead of coal or oil is a low-cost, low-emission solution to reducing our nation's dependence on foreign energy sources while also reducing our greenhouse gas emission. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the chair recognizes the gentleman from virginia, mr. wolf, for five minutes. mr. wolf: thank you, madam
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speaker. to meet the president's deadline for closing guantanamo, there has been a rush during the past two months to transfer as many detainees as possible to their own countries or to a third country that would accept them. on september 26, the administration announced that a detainee named aly amanned was transferred to yemen. the announcement did not reveal the terms of its transfer but said the united states has coordinated with them to ensure the transfer took place under, quote, appropriate security msh sure. there is an ongoing and very real concern about detainees returning to terrorism. according to data from the department of defense, at least 15% of former guantanamo detainees have returned to terrorist activities. the 15% that have returned to terrorism following release were merely those detainees who were perceived to be low security risk. that's why they were released
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years ago. the detainees' pending release now are the worst of the worst, their recidivism rate may be much liar. if these detainees are to be transferred, they should go only to governments that are willing and able to try, detain, and rehabilitate or monitor them. yemen does not meet that standard. an economic crisis, domestic security challenges, and islamic terrorism are right now threatening to overwhelm the yemeni government. the f.b.i. director recently highlighted yemen as the area of persistent al qaeda activity. al qaeda and the arabian peninsula openly advertises their intent to attack the united states and our overseas interest and able to work in relatively -- relative freedom in yemen. sornte terrorism measures in saudi arabia have forced extremists to seek refuge abroad and many have relocated to yemen's ungoverned areas.
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u.s.s. cole bombers have escaped to return to terrorism. a report of a rising threat of saudi arabia from the security situation in yemen. saudi police prevented a bomb attack on october 13 and one of the perpetrators was a former guantanamo detainee who entered the country from yemen. the bottom line is that terrorist detainees should not be be sent to yemen where al qaeda's operates freely and the government appears unable to control their actions and movements. righter has reported that the -- rueter has reported that the obama administration has cleared 75 of the remaining detainees for transfer abroad that includes 26 from yemen. based on what we know, this administration is planning to send more, perhaps many more detainees to this lawless country, increasing the risk of future terrorist attacks on americans. the administration should immediately terminate the return of detainees to yemen
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and the congressional committees of jurisdiction should investigate and demand a full justification. the release of any detainee to yemen represents a potentially dangerous threat to the united states and u.s. citizens both military and civilian. as of now the administration is going down a dangerous road and congress is idly allowing them to make these misguided decisions. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess until 2:00 p.m. in recess until 2:00 p.m. today.
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>> members will consider a bill to modify new credit card regulations that go into effect in february. house democratic leaders said they plan to bring up health care legislation on thursday. the senate begins legislative for today at 2:00 eastern. they will start with general speeches. at 4:00 eastern, it will continue the debate on extending unemployment benefits. senators will vote at about 5:00 on moving that bill forward. later, to bid on more legislation on federal spending for the budget year. live said the coverage is on c- span2. >> univision president ceo joe uva the challenges facing the spanish television network. "the communicators" tonight on c-span2. >> i am pleased to be joined this morning by my economic recovery advisory board.
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each of these men and women have extraordinary and diverse expertise in the economy. i want to especially thank paul volcker, who has been a terrific adviser to me and continues to help speithis group with practil advice as we move forward. as i said before, but i think it bears repeating, we have come a long way since january. at that time, we were losing 700,000 jobs per month, and across the political spectrum, there was fear of the possibility of another great depression. we have pull the economy back from the brink. we have good news last week showing that for the first time in over a year, the economy was actually growing once again. we have seen some other indicators many -- factoring is
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beginning to pick up -- manufacturing is beginning to pick up. that is all good news, and we're pleased that the actions we took quickly to the recovery act some help to stem what could have been -- through the recovery act helped to stem a could of been a disastrous situation for the economy. but the reason we're here today is we are not where we need to be had. we have a long way to go. we're still seeing production levels that are significantly below peak levels, and most distressing is the fact that job growth continues to lag. we all know that in every economic recovery there is going to be a lag between the economy growing again and businesses investing again and businesses hiring again.
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but given the severity of the job losses that took place at the beginning of the year, and the need for us to make up a whole lot of a job loss, is going to require some bold, innovative action on our part, and on congress' part, and on the private sector's part. it is also going to require that we look at new models for future job growth is going to come from, because one of the key understandings' coming out of this past financial crisis is that a lot of our growth was--driven -- was debt-driven, credit cards be maxed out, home equity loans being taken out to finance a lot of purchases, and consumers by the recognize that they cannot get that over extend anymore -- they cannot get that
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overextended anymore, and businesses will be more cautious in how they approach taking on a lot of debt. the government is going to have to get serious about reducing our debt levels. one of our challenges now -- i have been speaking about this for many months now -- is how we get a post-bubble growth, one that is sustainable. that is what we are going to be discussing here today. as i said, we have got experts from a wide range of business sectors. we're gonna talk to what is are the mechanisms that we can start putting in place where we see the kind of growth that used to characterize the u.s. economy -- export driven growth, manufacturing growth, growth that pays high wages and provides high living standards for a broadbased middle-class.
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i think there are some excellent ideas already on the table. some have been talked about in congress. it is likely this week that we will start seeing discussion about potential tax cuts and credits that could make some difference in hiring. but we want to go beyond just tax policy. for example, we have gone door sitting next to me, one of the leading venture capitalists in the inefficient economy -- the innovation economy, helping to spur innovation in the computer industry. he has equal passion for green jobs and health projects like weatherization -- how projects like weatherization and retrofitting of buildings could generate millions of jobs have huge prospects for growth over the long term.
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jack from ge at the end has been at the helm of one of our british manufacturers. -- one of our greatest manufacturers. jeff realizes that if we do not do more export, we will not succeed in global competition. and so how we coordinate more effectively our trade policies and our approach is to working with manufacturing in the united states -- if we don't do that effectively, we are not going to succeed. and he has been talking about infrastructure for a long time, as have i.. when we have a several trillion dollars worth of infrastructure that is falling apart, we need to put people to work and give them the work that american deeds done. but we are also in an era of fiscal constraint, which means
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we have to find more creative new approaches to financing these projects. those are the discussions we are going to be having. not just today, but in the weeks and months to come. this is my administration's overriding focus. having brought the economy back from the brink, the question is how we are going to make sure that people are getting back to work and able to support their families. it is not going to happen overnight, but we will not rest until we are succeeding in generating jobs that this economy needs. i could not ask for a better group of people to bounce ideas off of. we are going to be soliciting ideas from the private sector, businesses large and small, from academia, and from all political persuasions. if somebody can show me a strategy that is going to work,
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then we are happy to consider it. i want to end by saying this -- we anticipate that we will continue to see some job losses in the weeks and months to come. as i said before, there is always a lag of several months between businesses starting to make profits again and investing again and then actually rehiring again. but i want to emphasize that i am confident that having moved the economy on the right track, that if we apply some good common sense and reinvigorate that sector of our economy based on innovation and dynamism and entrepreneurship, there is no reason why we will not be able to create jobs and have the sustainable economic growth that everybody wants. thank you very much, everybody.
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>> [unintelligible] >> excuse me? >> elections tomorrow? >> we are not talking politics, we're talking jobs. >> that was president obama speaking about economic recovery before a meeting with his economic advisory board. we will take you live to the white house, where we are waiting for spokesman robert gibbs to arrive in debt at today's briefing underway. -- to arrive and get today's briefing underway. while we wait for the briefing to get under way, here is a portion of today's "washington journal," where the words were asked if america is about to go broke.
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the c-span program in the last 30 days give someone else a chance. first, a look at the legislative business of the week. health care legislation gets teed up in the house. the front-page headline of "roll call." they write getting to the vote will require leaders to hurtle hangups over abortion and immigration language, moderates gripes on the overall cost of the bill, liberal demands for symbolic votes and their preferred provisions. also an unknown are re of parochial concerns. writing about the legislation coming up.
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host: that sent "will call." we will talk about this week and next week -- but our question this morning is more broadly on spending, based on a column that "could america go broke?" he writes this morning that the idea of a major advance country would default on its debt --
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host: we will get more comments from this column in just a moment. we want to bring you up-to-date on a story cnn is reporting out of pakistan. dozens dead in pakistan explosion. >> we leave this journal segment now and go to the white house. robert gibbs is holding his press conference. >> you just keep pitching them and i will -- thanks, robert -- >> thanks, robert. on afghanistan, what is the president's reaction to the end of the election? is he believed that this messy process is over? >> by all accounts, this has been a difficult process. this is the first election run by the afghans. but i think the president, at the embassy there, and everyone
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can take heart in the notion that the laws of the afghanistan and the institutions of afghanistan prevailed in both instances. the president will telephone -- president obama will telephone president karzai within the next half hour, and we will have a readout from that phone call for you right after that. >> speaking of that, you talk a lot about the need for a credible, legitimate partner. does the president consider karzai to be illegitimate, credible partner? >> president karzai has been declared the winner of the election and he is obviously the legitimate leader of the country. will begin it now that we know the government that will lead afghanistan -- will begin now
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that we know the government that will lead afghanistan -- continued conversations over governance, society, and corruption going for it to ensure that we have a credible partner in our efforts to help secure the country. >> how does the resolution, if at all, affect the timetable on war strategy? >> we obviously now know who the government is going to be. i think some of the conversations i just alluded to can take place with who we know is going to lead the country. i think the decision will be made in the coming weeks. yes, ma'am? >> the president said today that he expects more job losses, and his comments today suggested more than ever that he might take action -- more action to stem the tide, to improve the jobs picture. what kind of things might he
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wanted to? -- might you want to do, and when does he think the jobs picture will show some improvement? >> i will point to the meeting that was just help, which i think you all watch, for the ideas that the president's economic recovery and price report -- economic recovery advisory board, ideas that they have and that they shared with the president today. .
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>> i don't know what the jobs picture will be at the end of president is focused on working to create an atmosphere to create more jobs. i think we took a big step forward. we cannot have job growth until we have economic growth. for the first time in more than one year, the economy registered positive economic growth, according to statistics released last week. yes sir? >> president barack obama in pittsburgh last week said of the afghan elections and the aftermath, "what is most important is that there is a sense of legitimacy among afghan people for the government." is there a sense of that? >> i have no reason to believe there is not >>
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>> abdallah abdallah one of the head of the iec for release because there was such a problem with the last election. hamid karzai refused. obviously, abdallah of della feels there's a lack of credibility in the iec. >> he made his own personal and political decision about this particular runoff election. if you look at the election results, even after the investigation of allegations of fraud, which by the way it worked, throwing out enough votes to require a second round and convincing president hamid karzai to participate in that, it was not a given. even in that ballot use of that dr. abdallah trailed by a fairly large margin.
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i do not think there is any reason to believe the afghan people will not think this government is as legitimate as it is. >> the last election was considered tainted by fraud. that is the only election day had. >> those results were thrown out. the fraud was reported, investigated, the committee's you talk about throughout those votes -- a second round was scheduled and the second participant in the second round decided again, for personal or political reasons, not to take part. i don't know how you can have an election of two candidates if the one who finishes second decides not to participate, even after the laws and institutions of the government throughout what he did clark -- to clear brush and results -- >> he said he would have no
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faith or trust in this election because the last one was riddled with fraud. >> i don't know how you can presume something will happen before it does. >> how you have an illegitimate election of the other candidate drops out? it is not like they have moved forward and claim that the fraud. how is that legitimate? >> first, let's understand that the fraud was talked about, investigated, millions of votes were thrown out that required a second round. if the second participant in the election decides, for his own reasons, not to participate in that election, would you suggest that the american government require a second participant? >> the one who had the fraud committed on his behalf will now stay on as the leader. >> you have skipped an entire range of -- we were talking maybe 10 those ago about whether
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president hamid karzai would accept the ruling that threw out millions of ballots that required a negative second round. that was not a given. the frog was analyzed. a decision was made to throw out millions of ballots, to push somebody under 50%, which required a second read. >> you said he is a legitimate leader, not credible. >> listen to the second part of the question. nobody made the accusation the credibility would be had simply out of one election. that would have been true whomever got elected and who never participated. the conversations that now have to be had and continue with the afghan government are the steps they will take to improve their governments, to improve their
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civil society, and to address fraud and corruption. there is no doubt about that. that was not all going to be at the ballot box. >> why did you say that the true decision will come in weeks? rahm emanuel was on programs a couple of weeks ago saying that we have to wait until the run off and we will know the government we are dealing with. >> this decision was not dependent upon when it laid -- leader was determined. we have never said that. >> you have to figure out who will be in charge. we now know. >> there are a number of decisions that have to be made. this was not simply predicate on the winner of this election and when it is held. >> what else to the president need to make a decision? >> he is working with his national security team to evaluate how best to formulate a
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strategy that supports the goal of dismantling and destroying al qaeda. that is what the team is working on. they had a productive meeting with the joint chiefs of staff last week. >> you can talk about the law having prevailed but in the end you are left with somebody who the u.s. has been dodging for months because he has not been a reliable partner now, he is your only alternative. what does this do to decision making process here? it has not been made easier. >> problems don't generally get easier dealing with anything. as i said, now begins the hard conversations about insuring credibility and insuring and improving governance, addressing
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corruption. >> you tried to have that before the election. >> we are focused on what has to happen in order to have a credible partner. there will be a point in this process where the united states will not stay forever. i have said that 100 times. at some point, what is billed and what a secure has to be transferred to somebody else. it has to be transferred to a government in afghanistan to do for itself. that is what we're focused on. we need to know who that government will be going forward for the next five years. >> given what has transpired, how long will it take to decide whether you have a credible partner? and whether the united states should commit further resources? >> that is part of the decisionmaking process that is ongoing. >> and going on forever.
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>> let me elaborate on this personal and political decision by dr. abdallah. are you playing afghan pundit? >> i normally an american pundit. >> this is longest-running show in afghanistan. what is the evidence it was a political decision? >> in a decision -- he made a decision for a series of reasons -- >> can you elaborate? >> you saw some of this over the weekend. there were decisions that he made to longer be a contestant in this race. >> who in the u.s. has reached
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out to dr. abdallah in the last few days? >> i don't know that members of the state department have. >> he will make a phone call? >> the president is on the phone the next few minutes with president hamid karzai. i don't think there's any doubt the doctor abdallah will play a role. it is quite clear, going forward in afghanistan. we would obviously be -- want to be in consultation with the number of people who will have roles going forward in afghanistan. >> you will still reach out to tribal leaders who do not have a relationship with the central government? >> there is an a valuation that is going on on governance issues, not just in kabul but throughout the country and certainly that will be part of it. >> about tomorrow's elections --
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what do you tell the democratic congressman to not read in in the elections for governor? >> i would wait for the results to talk to what ever congressman. i do not play pundit here or in afghanistan. >> you will take a lot of credit if governor corzine wins but -- >> i don't think these elections will portend a lot for what happens in 2010 any more than the 2001 elections seemed to denote relative electoral where legislative strength for president bush in 2002. >> are you concerned that democratic incumbents in congress might suddenly be --
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>> based on the pundits on cable tv? that and corruption is at the top of my list. >> i thought out said it was mostly defeated in afghanistan. -- ipod al qaeda was mostly defeated in afghanistan. >> we want to assure a safe and cannot be created where they can come back and establish a stronghold where they can attack us. >> to we need more troops to do that? >> -- do we need more troops to do that? >> that is part of a larger strategy on how to deal with our goal of disrupting, dismantling, and ultimately destroying al qaeda. >> how are you going to make the afghan government do more? >> that conversation is probably beginning in the oval office right now. >we had a big back-and-forth
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about two weeks ago about whether there were too many conditions in pakistan. >> on the economic recovery -- how serious to you take these proposals? is this part of an ongoing dialogue with the white house or are these three individual proposals or presentations the beginning of a solid basis for creating jobs over the next year? >> you heard the president reiterated in his comments -- reiterate in his comments. we have, for years, had a bubble and bust. with what happened one year ago, we now have to find stable,
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fundamental economic footing for stable and fundamental economic growth. we need to create jobs and things like clean energy that we know are growth industries for our future. rather than having economic growth predicated on free credit or other aspects consumer spending. we have to have stable ideas for that economic growth. these were ideas that 3 believe can begin the process and the president wanted to listen to their ideas. they will be further examined by the economic team in consultation with those individuals. >> they were quite concrete. >> that is what the president had talked about. >> were these proposals created
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in concert with the white house? >> the infrastructure back to something the president discussed heading back into the campaign. when authorization is something that is beginning to take place as part of -- whether a station is something that is beginning to take place. also helping to take care of another problem like energy efficiency which we all know is a big avenue towards doing something about greenhouse gases. >> can we look at these proposals as the basis for a jobs creation program going forward? >> as for what was presented by this group to the president, the president was happy to listen and happy to get the idea is and will no further evaluate whether they make the basis for
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something that we might propose. >> what does hamid karzai have to do to become a credible leader? >> we know there are problems related to corruption that have to be addressed moving forward. i think that -- clearly, we have to, as assistance is given to afghanistan, we have to make sure that assistance for things like economic development and growth get down to the people that need it. i would think that is certainly one goal. >> is the president letting them go guideposts for him? >> what is happening now, i know it gets that specific. throughout this process, the team at the embassy, under the guidance of guidanceeikenberry have been discussing with both
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candidates the need to ensure this happens with whomever is elected. >> would it be accurate to say that thousands of american troops are on duty in a country that is led by a guy who was not credible, not reliable to run the government. >> i did not say that. we are working with our afghan partners to ensure that as we move forward -- when ultimately we leave, there is somebody there that can sustain the progress that has been made. one of the things that has been talked quite a bit about in this situation in meetings has been how we create an environment that best trained afghan national army and afghan national police as part of the afghan national security force. those are conversations that will be had. like we saw in other countries,
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unless there is a protection and security force there, it does not matter what we do. if when the areas vacated by american troops, the same people come back who star the trouble come back because there is no resistance. >> it seems like the president has new leverage over hamid karzai now to insist on governance reforms. [sneeze] >> bless you. [laughter] >> does he have new leverage to insist on reforms until he makes a decision on new troops?
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>> there are a number of decisions that have to be made before ultimately a troop decision. understand what we talked about for weeks now is we are not making a decision about whether we are leaving afghanistan. we currently have 68,000 american forces in addition to probably another 35 or 40,000 nato forces for a pretty large force of theiandthere and the nf countries have an interest in this. the type of things that have to happen, i mentioned some of these discussions have happened before today. >> the president still insists on his commitment. >> i don't think anybody sitting and participating in any of the
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meetings about strategy going forward with tell you that if we do not have a partner that can do all the things i mentioned, that all the troops in the world will make it successful. i have seen democrats and republicans on television say that. i have seen ambassadors in generals -- and general's make that same point in the meetings we have had. >> a separate question -- on the campaign yesterday, roughly how much was the cost yesterday and did governor corzine pay for this or what? >> i would have to talk about reimbursement and what the dnc says on that. >> do you mean that the president's talks with, hamid karzai will figure enter his decision about trips strategy? >> you assume you want to
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increase a force there without having a sense of what that entity will do. that plays into it, of course. >there is nobody in the situatin rooms, whether they have -- whether they carry ambassadors briefcase or a lock bag from the pentagon, that would tell you the partnership and the government's -- governance of afghanistan -- nobody would make the point that any strategy could be successful without a successful governance of of denniston. -- of afghanistan. >> someone with less than sterling governance, it seems, like john kerry said last week,
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good enough governments. is that enough to put american fp(qsq' and women on the line? >> we have national security issues -- concerns that the taliban will not let al qaeda back into the country to upset the government in afghanistan and plan attacks in the united states. i would reiterate that there is not anybody involved in these meetings that would not say that the situation does not have to get better for any strategy to work. senator gramm said we could put 1 million troops there but if you do not have a partner that is working with you, none of that will matter. >> a couple logistics' question
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of where the review is. what happens this week? who will the president meet with? >> i don't have an update for the week ahead i don't know another meeting this week will be scheduled. he mentioned that he looked forward to meeting with the joint chiefs of staff again. i don't know when that will happen. >> is the u.s. encouraging talks bt -- between president hamid karzai and dr. abdallah and drying the administration? >> let me give guidance from our guys in kabul. >> questions about the phone call between the president and hamid karzai >> that is happening right now. >> win was last time they spoke a either by telephone -- >> he spoke with both candidates and ambassador eikenberry the
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morning that dr. abdallah said he would not participate in the second round. >> was the president's intent to do something more than call president hamid karzai and congratulate him -- was this to be a substantive conversation about the decision making process? >> i want to get ahead of this. let me get a readout on exactly what transpired rather than -- >> is he asking specific things of president hamid karzai? >> we will get a readout shortly to you guys on the phone call. >> on help the health-care issue -- you address this about the constitutionality of an individual mandate with conservatives like orrin hatch, planning is not constitutional.
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have the white house lawyers looked at this issue? >> not that i know of. it has not gone to the point where they questioned the legitimacy of it. you should ask him. >> to feel there is no concern whether it is constitutional for congress to propose a mandate? >> the timing of the president's decision on troops -- does the disappearance of the runoff hasten it or slow down? >> uva a multiple choice. >> all the above? >> i may take that to further model the conversation. we have a sense of who will be the leader and who will comprise the government of afghanistan going forward. obviously, that is helpful in the discussions that have to be had.
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i don't think that was the single question left for a decision to be made that is a roundabout way of saying i still think we're looking at the next few weeks. >there is no question that eliminates part of the equation moving forward. i don't honestly know that it hastened it. it hastens the work of the discussions that have been had before this runoff was scheduled. >> now that the president has had a chance to campaign in virginia and new jersey, and it is one year since his election, what does he think the mood of the voters is?
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>> fired up and ready to go. that's what they told him. we will have plenty of time to hash this out. the election results will be on wednesday. i think the president mentioned yesterday in his stops in new jersey that obviously there were a series of very difficult challenges that he confronted upon coming into office. we have spent a decent amount of time talking about one in afghanistan. we have alluded to an even bigger one on the economy. i don't doubt that he has found
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that we are making progress on getting this economy turned around obviously, there are still tens of millions of people that want to work and can't find a job. that is what the president is focused on. continue early. ally. there are fascinating developments of what is going on in new york where the republican party picked a nominee and a district known for generally sending moderate republicans dating back to the 1800's to congress kicked out the moderate and is now full square behind somebody much more
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conservative. >> does the president think that's a trend? >> it appears to be. if you look at what is likely to happen next year, you already have republicans -- some republicans who are more aligned with the very conservative element of what is happening in new york saying that this is a model for what you will see throughout the country. >> you said that no matter troops in the world -- >> i was paraphrasing senator gramm. >> without successful governance and the reforms you want their that no military could be successful. what has changed since the election in march to make you think that those changes are more possible. i mean august. what has changed since then to make you think the changes are more likely to happen?
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>> that process is ongoing. i think one of the things that clearly work in the august election and in the rulings that led to the definition of needing a second round was the institutions and lot of afghanistan. we knew this was going to be a difficult process. it was an election wrongfully by the afghans. -- it was election the early run by the afghans. -- it was an election thoproughly drawn by the afghans. the rule of law carried the day. that is the beginning of what one needs to see moving forward. >> hamid karzai's decision to except runoff is a sign to you that they could make changes?
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>> the circumstances that led to the discussion that a second crop was necessary is the first part of it. it was not a given that he would participate in a second round. through lot of hard work that happen, we worked out that point up until -- >> next week, the president is leaving on a link the trip to asia. if the joint chiefs of staff come back next week, he talked about maybe having a bad meeting. that sounds like a decision could not be announced until he comes back from asia. >> i do not have any guidance on that except to reiterate that it will happen in the coming weeks. >> the president's budget director is going to york to talk about the deficit tomorrow. how much does the white house consider the deficit to be an ongoing concern, maybe even a growing concern, among americans going into next year
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and after health care is potentially pass. ed? how much of this to you believe is the fault of the bush administration and the remain committed to cutting the deficit in half? >> in the instance of your third part, yes. in terms of health care, the president has been insistence on health care reform being budget- neutral he wants to and cutting -- and cutting health-care costs in which the plants are formed to that. i think the budget deficit, if you talk to anybody who has followed the issue for the past five or six years, this is not an issue that started this year. this has been an issue that has been ongoing in terms of our
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ability to continue to spend more and more than we take in each month for each year. this is obviously a problem that the president discussed in the election and one that has to be addressed for we cannot continue to do what we have done. the president signed a defense bill last week that zeroed out a number of -- weapons that is not always been the case and the sounin this town. usually, that doesn't mean much. the individual weapons system usually carry the day. many people told us we were crazy to even go down that path. i don't think you would make
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significant progress on the deficit if you don't at least start with the fact that the pentagon has said they don't want a weapon system and you continue to fund it. >> what about a bipartisan commission on this? >> i would point to to the comments that peter made in the sunday paper where i think he said something like that would be looked at. yes sir? >> you have an important one year anniversary coming up on wednesday. what do you think the president has changed in the way washington works in that time? >> despite not doing many stories at the beginning of september to the change of a 200-year policy of who comes into this white house, you guys were all very busy on friday. [laughter] >> what does the president needs to be done in this regard?
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>> i think the president would continue to tell you -- we have seen in health care the change is not easy especially when special interest groups get involved. particularly the way they were with the insurance industry. that is a telltale sign that change is not a given. it has to be worked and it will be hard for that is what the president is working on each and every day. >> what about election activity in terms of phone calls and getting people out to vote? >> i can check on that. >> other phone calls he has recorded? >> let me see what i confined. >> in light of the changes in afghanistan, a clear majority
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tell the white house and the president they don't want to send more troops to afghanistan, does the president have an obligation to listen to the american public? >> the president has an obligation as commander-in-chief to make the best decision in order to protect our national interests and protect american citizens here and the troops we have on the ground. the president would expect that whatever decision he made -- he would walk the american people through the reasoning to arrive at that decision. i expect that will take place once a decision is made. >> you're too young to remember the vietnam war but the voting majority of the american people were against the war and it brought down the johnson
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administration. is this president prepared to go that route? >> i hesitate to make this type of analogies. i think the president will make the decision that he believes is best and in our national interests. that is the process that is ongoing. >> on the issue of jobs and the economy --;fkñ this administratn pushes the green jobs initiative. we are hearing from capitol hill that blacks and browns are not engaging in the green jobs initiative as this amount -- administration hoped. how is this administration planning to go out to make more of an outreach into black and brown communities for this initiative? >> i am not dodging this but i don't know what you mean in terms of what you are hearing from capitol hill.
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>> for instance, the head of the oversight reform committee said black and browns are not engaging in this green initiative. >> i would have to look at what he said unkind -- and try to come up with something. it is important that every community take part in this important idea. creating jobs in a clean energy economy and create a marketplace that incentivizes that job growth is important, not simply for the extremely important idea of getting millions of people back to work in industries that are headquartered here, manufacturing products like wind turbines or solar panels, but this also impacts the steps that we are taking to wean ourselves off our dependence on foreign oil which means progress as it
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relates to greenhouse gases and climate change. it also impacts our national security. all of that is what makes green jobs so important. >> people say the demand is not there. >> last week's trip was a good example. you had florida power and light, the largest power company in the state of florida, one of the big states in the country, investing heavily, as a result of the recovery act, in a solar plant and clean energy project that they know will produce jobs for the future but also produce clean energy. certainly, as we get into a lumber legislative debate on climate change, in my conversation with the ceo, he talked about the notion of
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pricing greenhouse gas emissions into the production of power, you have a powerful incentive to find clean energy alternatives. >> you have said a few times that the laws and institutions in afghanistan prevail. abdallah of dulles said he pulls out -- pulled out in part because he expects massive fraud. there seems to be a bit of a disconnect between saying that the system works and abdallah abdallah saying that it cannot work. >> i can't render judgment on what he predicted might happen in the election that will map now take place. i don't have that kind of crystal ball. >> the elections are supposed to come up in 2010 for district council. do you have more confidence now that those elections can be free
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and fair and the public will see that the government is credible? >> i do and i think others do for the exact reason why a second round was called to begin with. there was alleged fraud. the prague was investigated over many weeks. -- the fraud was invested over many weeks. two commissions determine that a big chunk of boats were fraudulent and were thrown out which required the sitting president to go through second round. that demonstrates that laws and institutions of of denniston work. >> finding fraud is different than getting rid of fraud. if dr. abdallah is taken seriously, he is saying that fraud was found and dealt with or recognize but we have not taken it out of the system. this is not prove we can have an election without fraud. >> we knew all along this
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process would not be easy. it would be difficult. again, it is hard to evaluate what might have happened in the election that did not take place. some steps were taken to ensure that the next round was done in a way that produced a legitimate government. we believe it would have. dr. abdallah decided not to participate. therefore, the only candidate left was president hamid karzai. he was ruled a winner today. thanks, guys. [no audio] >> the u.s. house cavils and for legislative work at 2:00 eastern.
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there are 16 bills mainly dealing with veterans issues. recorded votes on the bills take place at 6:30 eastern, live on c-span. tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. eastern, the house meets with the senate in a joint session to hear from german chancellor angela merkel. on wednesday or thursday, members will consider a bill to modify the new credit card regulations that will go into effect in february. house democratic leaders say they plan to bring up health care legislation on thursday. the senate also be in its legislative work at 2:00. they will begin with generals be as bad for clock, they will continue debate on extending unemployment benefits. senators will vote on moving the bill for. later in the wake of a debate on more legislation, setting federal spending for the coming year. live senate coverage is on c- span 2. >> univision president and ceo joe uva, tonight on c-span
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2. >> this morning's "washington journal" and we will show you as much as we can. in the latest addition, you and your husband had an interview with mikhail gorbachev. you look back at the fall of the berlin wall. who wore what does he give the most credit for the fall of communism? guest: gorbachev speaks about the democratic reforms he launched in his own country which he believes triggered some of the uprisings in germany, for example, and speaks about the importance that he gathered
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with eastern leaders after he came to power in 1985 and said, these are your countries. this was critical after a time of soviet control of this eastern european bloc. he criticcredits run ragged in a partner to end the cold war. i think this is important to highlight. the reagan library, until recently, would have given credit to the two men who started this initiative. the two of them transcended ideological differences. gorbachev is actually funny in the interview when reagan called him a bolshevik, and he called run on meghan and dinosaur.
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yet, they've worked together to reduce the nuclear danger. it has become a cliche of sorts, but gorbachev is a man who changed the world and used his power to change the soviet union to make alternatives to the cold war, the nuclear arms race. there is a very interesting section in the interview where he talks about the george bush senior driving to the airport with him. bush said that reagan was a conservative but was supported by blockheads and dunnies -- dummies.
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in reagean, you have someone who will do business with you because he will never be accused of betraying u.s. interest. quarter job is a true visionary. he has great respect for george bush as well as george shultz, who we talk about in the interview. host: they conclude the u.s. won the cold war. why is that? guest: at the end of the cold war, there was a view that we had won the war. i think it is important to understand no one won the cold war. you had two countries who spend trillions of dollars on what? arms? not on creating more jobs or a more just future. mikhail gorbachev had this
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idea, and continues to have these hyper-militarized relations in the world. there was a view that we could be the sole superpower. in these last few years, i think what we have seen are the limits of power. in the world we live in today, military might is not equipped to deal with the great challenges of our time, whether it is a nuclear proliferation, terrorism, genocide, pandemic disease is. military might is not going to do with some of these things. he was someone who was a visionary in his own time, maybe too early. but he remains one today in speaking about the critical issues of demilitarization. he speaks in the interview about
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afghanistan. i think our president takes the right time -- this is the most solemn obligation a president has, sending men and women into combat. accusations up dead during seem quite absurd -- of dithering seem quite as absurd to me. when he came to power, the soviets did not have many troops, and they left because they realized they were going to put more men into a deft way. and i was in moscow watching television when the last soviet troops came across the bridge. gorbachev found a way to explain to his country when they needed to do that.
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some believed it led to the unraveling of the soviet empire, but i disagree. i think the soviet union would still be with thus is not for h. he was a man who's on the limits of one system who saw democracy, who began the ending of censorship in the country. today, he speaks out against what he sees as the dede mocratization and is even helping one of the democratic newspapers in the country. he remains a force in his own way and runs a foundation which
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is a cause i-presidential library -- quasi-presidential library. host: katrina vanden heuvel is with us until 9:30 this morning. what did you take away from this interview? guest: he made a comment in the bush years when he felt like the country was living through its own stagnation. it was a term applied to the soviet union. he meant the country deserve to leadership -- deserved leadership which would create a more perfect union. it needed revival of democratic reforms. in president bush, he saw men
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whose first resource was military might, condoning torture as an instrument of engaging with the world. i think he, as well as some many -- including those who voted for barack obama -- were just appalled by what was happening to the promise of america. at the end of the interview, he believes that obama, in the capacity of the dialogue that he holds, is a very good choice for the country. he did have a chance to meet with president obama in washington, i believe in a private meeting, as well as when he was in moscow in july. host: daddy from albuquerque. good morning. -- betty from all booker talbuq.
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caller: i have the greatest respect for you. i have been getting "the nation" for years. i just finished reading your article about obama's faithful choice. i hope that you will touch on that a bit, your thoughts on afghanistan. i hope and pray that at some point in the near future i will the gathering of the funds to be joining you on one of your nation cruises and have the pleasure of shaking your hand and a meeting some of my other well-respected figures such as tom hartman. thank you for your appearance this morning. guest: thank you for your call. her reference to reconstruction, the nation had been around for 144 years, started by men who
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were committed to abolitionism. anyone who is interested in a " the nation" cruz, go to our website. we did a special issue on afghanistan last week, and i made reference to this earlier when i spoke about the dramatic midnight visit the president made to dover air force base. i found that to be very moving. i hope and that he finds the political courage, taking seriously the most solemn responsibility president has, commanding men and women to war, to understand if one supports president obama as a reform president, he ithe reform agende
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is bringing to america, throughout history, reforms have been killed. i am thinking about lyndon johnson and vietnam. people will say, what is the alternative? we need to be secure. the alternative is not to send thousands of women and conventional force mobilization to afghanistan but to think of common sense counterterrorism measures, if in fact, our strategy is to dismantle and disrupt al-qaeda. extensive policing, border control, intelligence, and of course, regional diplomacy. a foreign occupation has never solved the conflict of afghanistan. we lay down in our issue alternatives to what is now
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being discussed and we challenge answer to the white house to expand the range of solutions because on the table right now our counterterrorism with all of these droned attacks. or the counterinsurgency strategy which general mcchrystal is pushing. i think that is a slippery slope. there has never been a time in history when generals have said, we do not need enough. my hope is president obama will have the political courage to say we are going to begin irresponsible exit strategy and turn to other ways to secure the region to bring security to our country, not through sending more men and women. foreign service, a decorated
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marine, leading civilian construction officers, we need them to speak up clearly on how we need to help afghanistan. if you support president obama, and i do, i hope he has the political courage to look back in history, look forward to what kind of renewal he could bring to the country which needs to be done. host: oakland, california. jenny on the republican line. caller: i appreciate everything you are doing for this nation. my comment this morning is that
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when you have ta house that has been totally demolished and someone buys it as a fixer-upper and tries to bring it back to its original state, i feel like that is what has happened to president obama. the republican party destroyed the country. with him picking up and inheriting this mess, any logical person would understand that you are going to have to spend money to fix that. you cannot just stay in a house that has been destroyed. you have to spend money to get the home back to its original form better state.
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-- or better state. guest: you are right, and i liked your metaphor. president obama inherited the ravaged economy as well as other problems. he had started to pull the country together. you speak about building our home. he has tried, after 30 years that the government is the problem, not the solution, to restore role of government as an effective problem solver. he speaks about that in important ways. his health care bill is part of bringing security to people in this insecure economy. there are two issues that concern me, moving forward. one is his recovery bill.
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it was too small in scale, largely because he was trying to get republican support, and for the most part, they have declared an all-out war on his presidency, trying to cripple him. that was far more to get the economy going. we need a jobs program. joblessness could undermine his programs, his presidency. this is the. the reproach of his people he will remove from over the earth for the lord has host:[captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2009] forgiveness, hear our prayer today. as call to mind all those who served in the house of representatives in the past and are depart interested this world. forgive their offenses as well
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as their omissions now and reward them for all their efforts in public service on behalf of others. because you are the glory of believers, the life of the just, and the consolation for all who mourn, lord, grant your peace to all the faithful departed that they may now enter your eternal kingdom where you live and reign forever and every. -- ever. amen. the speaker pro tempore: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house his approval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1, the journal stands approved. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from minnesota, congressman walz. mr. walz: i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
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the speaker pro tempore: the chair will entertain requests for one-minute speeches. for what purpose does the gentleman from arkansas rise? >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: there is no objection. mr. boozman: thank you very much, mr. speaker. don't be fooled by the introduction of the newest health care bill supported by speaker pelosi. it is no more than the same bill millions of americans spoke against in august, reintroduced with a different name and different number. no matter what it is called, the disguise hasn't tricked the residents of the third district of arkansas. over the weekend i received over 200 emails and the overwhelming majority of those from my constituents are very much in opposition to this plan. instead of increasing taxes and entitlement programs and red tape to reform health care, we
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need to let families and businesses buy health insurance across state lines. allow small businesses to pool together to buy health insurance at a lower cost and end lawsuits that contribute to the cost because of doctors being forced to practice defensive medicine. mr. speaker, we can and need to do a better job for the american people, thus create real reform not more problems to fix down the road. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from oklahoma rise? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: there is no objection. mr. cole:thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today to speak against the democratic proposed health care plan. frankly that's hard to understand who my colleagues on the other side of the aisle are listening to. certainly it's not to my constituents. their concerns like those of millions of americans have been ignored as this bill has been written. the same provision that caused the concerns and fears that i heard in august town hall
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meetings are still in the, quote, new bill. overwhelmingly the american people have said no to government-run health insurance, but it's still in the bill. also in the, quote, new bill are the same higher taxes for employers and individuals that will kill jobs. these are the very employers and individuals suffering from double-digit unemployment in many states today. maybe after several months, mr. speaker, some found it easy to forget what they heard in august, but i haven't. this new bill is just more of the same, more backroom brokered deals deciding the fate of millions of americans. mr. speaker, the only noticeable change in this bill is the addition of an extra 1,000 pages or so. americans deserve health care reform and hopefully they'll get it. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from indiana rise? mr. pence: unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: there is no objection. mr. pence: now comes the pelosi plan for government takeover of
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health care. it is a freight train of run away spending, bloated bureaucracy, mandates, and higher taxes. if the liberals in washington, d.c., have their way they'll forever change the relationship between government and we the people. as it pertains to the health care of this nation. now, republicans in congress can't do this alone, but i often tell my colleagues a minority in congress plus the american equals a majority. we the people have the power to stop the pelosi health care plan in an effort to nationalize 1/6 of our nation's economy, and we the people have the ability to protect the finest health care system the world has ever known and demand real health care reform that will reduce the cost of health care without growing government. i appeal to my fellow americans not as republicans or democrats, if you cherish freedom, if you fear the crushing weight of big government debt, mandates, and taxes this is your moment. now is their time. let your voice be heard.
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the speaker pro tempore: the chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable the speaker, house of representatives. madam, pursuant to the permission granted in clause 2-h of rule 2 of the rules of the u.s. house of representatives, the clerk received the following message from the secretary of the senate on october 30, 2009, at 9:33 a.m. that the senate passed without amendment h.r. 1299. that the senate passed without amendment h.r. 3606. that the senate concurred to the house amendment to the bill senate 1929. with best wishes i am signed sincerely, lorraine c. miller, clerk of the house. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 4 of rule 1, the following enrolled bills were signed by the speaker on friday, october 30, 2009. the clerk: h.r. 2996, h.r.
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3606, and senate 1929. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the chair will postpone further proceedings today on motions to suspend the rules on which a recorded vote or the yeas and nays are ordered, or on which the vote incurs objection under clause 6 of rule 20. recorded votes on postponed questions will be taken after 6:30 p.m. today. for what purpose does the gentleman from indiana rise? >> i move to suspend the rules and pass the bill senate 475. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: senate 475, an act to amend the service members civil relief act to guarantee the equity of spouses of military personnel with regard to matters of residency, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from indiana, mr. carson, and the gentleman from florida, mr. stearns, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from indiana. mr. carson: mr. speaker, i
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yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. carson: thank you, mr. speaker. i would like to thank senator richard burr of north carolina for introducing senate bill 475, the military spouses residency relief act. the house version of this legislation was introduced by mr. carter of texas. as many of my colleagues know, the sacrifice that military children and spouse vs. to make in order to stay as one united family are difficult. this is especially true at a time when our country is fighting to protect freedom at home and abroad. senate bill 475 seeks to provide military spouses with the option to keep the same voting rights and tax conditions as afforded in their home state. or allow them to change to the new state where they will be reunited with service member. military spouses who often accompany a service member from
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one duty station to another are required to pay income and personal property taxes of the state where they currently reside. on the other hand, the service members' civil relief act provides our men and women in uniform the option to pay taxes to the state where they originated prior to military service. or pay taxes to the state where they currently reside due to military service. lessening the need to hire an accountant to review tax regulations of their whole state. which can at times be mull tip -- multiple states. this will help keep their tax preparation simple and familiar. reducing the stress family members encounter when filing state taxes. mr. speaker, the intent of this legislation is very simple, we need to recognize that military families serve, too. it is only fitting to provide
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military spouses with the ability to retain certain state residency benefits that are already afforded to our men and women in uniform under the service members' civil relief act. again i would like to thank my colleagues in the senate for working on this legislation so we may provide relief for our military families. i urge all of my colleagues to join me in support of this bill. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from florida. mr. stearns: mr. speaker, thank you very much. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. stearns: parliamentary inquiry for the speaker. i notice that the gentleman was advocate og the democrat side was not a member of the veterans committee, not to my knowledge. is it under the rules. house, is this appropriate that a member who is not on the committee in which the bill has passed through and has jurisdiction is the advocate for the democrats on this case? the speaker pro tempore: recognition of a motion is in recognition of the chair.
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mr. stearns: say that again. the speaker pro tempore: recognition of the motion is at discretion of the chair. mr. stearns: if i understand the speaker, the chair at his discretion can decide who can be be the spokesman for the bill even if the person is not on the committee? the speaker pro tempore: the chair will exercise his discretion and recognizing members. mr. stearns: further parliamentary inquiry, is this customary or is this an unusual situation? i don't need a long dissertation, yes or no. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will use its discretion to recognizing members. mr. stearns: what you're saying is you can do it but you're not willing to answer the question whether this is customary or not. i have been here 20 years and i have not seen this in the 20 years i have been here. the speaker pro tempore: that discretion rests with the chair and the chair will use its discretion to recognize members. the gentleman may proceed.
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mr. stearns: all right, mr. speaker. i rise in support of s. 475 the military spouses residency relief act. i want to thank the ranking member of the senate committee on veterans' affairs, senator burr, for sponsoring this legislation. i also want to recognize and thank mr. john carter of texas for his support on this issue by introducing a companion house bill, h.r. 1182. it has 206 bipartisan co-sponsors and i'm proud to be one of those. mr. speaker, by its very nature military service requires a significant sacrifice in terms of equality, of family life, especially the spouses of service members. because a service member is routinely subject to transfer within and outside the continental united states, often with very short notice, spouses often find it difficult to be obtain and/or retain suitable employment. however military spouses are not covered by the same residency protection that is are available to the service member under the service
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members' civil relief act. as a result, state laws regarding taxation, voting, and ownership of property are often applied differently to the spouse and the service member. the scra allows service members to determine their permanent residencies or come airry. by allowing this, scra allows service members from state taxation, property ownership, and voting laws not in their permanent residency or come airry. because the law is silent to spouses in this matter, they do not receive the same protection as the service member and then therefore can be subject to states which aggressively seek to impose restenscy relating to income and property ownership laws. despite, my colleagues, the law, the fact that no longer -- despite the fact that they no longer reside in the state due to the spouse's military orders. s. 475 addresses this issue by giving military spouse as choice to use either their
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current address where they are stationed because of their spouse's military orders, or their permanent address to determine their residency or domicile promoting any municipal state or federal election. simply the bill would allow spouses to determine their residency in the same manner, in the same mannier as a service member regarding taxation voting and ownership of property with respect to land use rights on federal loan or control land in the same manner as service members under section 508 of scra. my colleagues, this is a commonsense solution to give mill miltary spouses who have already sacrificed so much for the nation the protection that service members have when it comes to local residency laws relating to taxation and voting. again i want to compliment senator burr but also the companion bill in the house, mr. carter of texas, for their sponsorship of this bill. and urge my colleagues to support it. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from indiana. mr. carson: mr. speaker, i have no further speakers. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from florida. mr. stearns: say again, mr. speaker. he has no more speakers? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from indiana reserves his time. he stated he has no further speakers. the gentleman from florida. mr. stearns: it's my honor to allow to consume as much time as he may wish to consume the author of the companion bill which is h.r. 1182, the 1307bsor, mr. john carter of texas. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized. . mr. carter: this is an exciting day for me. as author of this bill, i have been deal with some things and it's coming to fruition today, and i'm pleased and honored. i'm the author of the identical
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companion bill h.r. 1182. and i represent fort hood, texas, which is a pretty good sized military base in the united states, the largest, and i rise in support of these military spouses, and first i want to thank you -- thank everyone who has worked on this bill and worked hard to wring it to this point. senators burr and feinstein over in the senate took up this cause and shepherded it and guided it through the senate and this past due reform is now before us today. i'd also like to thank chairman filner for supporting our military spouses and requesting the bill be taken up today. we greatly appreciate all the v.s.o.'s including military officers association of america, the air force sergeants association, amvets, the v.f.w., and military spouses business association.
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above all, i'd like to thank all the military spouses who have encouraged me and who encouraged their representatives and senators to support this bill. finally, i'd like to extend a very special thanks to rebecca pointer and joanna williamson, two entrepreneurs -- two spouses who brought this issue to me and devoted so much of their time working with all of the members that are involved to get this bill passed. this is their baby, and they should be recognized. this small measure will provide invaluable relief to numerous military spouses who regularly uproot their entire lives to accommodate our armed forces. when i first heard this steer, i was shocked that there was such a difference between husband and wife, the two spouses as it relates to the benefits we give the military.
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service members relief act provides for basic civil relief to our men and women of the armed forces in exchange for their voluntary service. these raining from relief of adjudication to maintaining a single state of domicile. regardless of where the -- their military orders may send them. this state of domicile provides an important stability for our airmen, sailors and marines. though their orders may send them to numerous places or numerous states, they are simply able to have their same -- their state tax requirements, maintain their property titles, continue to vote for their member of congress or their elected official back home. without c.r.a. protections, the service members would have to deal with all those every time they move to military installations located in different states. but spouses do have to deal with those every time they move
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to different states. and these spouses deal with these stresses even while facing the challenges of moving, finding schools for children, balancing some unsupported relocation cause and the loss of a spouse's earnings as they leave the job to join as a service member. this bill would amend c.r.a. to allow military spouses to claim the same domicile as a service member for the purpose of state income and property taxes as well as voter registration. spouses could stand united with their spouse not only in support of our country but in sharing the same state as a home base. this reform will prevent a military family from suddenly losing up to 10% of their income if they are called upon to relocate to a different state. this is a significant loss of income that occurs as a result of governmental orders. s. 475 would also provide military spouses to put their
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names on deeds and titles which will build and strengthen their own credit and further ensure their legal protection. this veterans day, which is coming up the 11th of this month, next week, i ask each and every one of us to not only remember our service members, current and past, but take a moment to remember the military spouses who have sacrificed for and supported our soldiers. keeping in mind, i ask my colleagues to grant this valuable relief to our military families and to support the passage of the military spouses residency relief act. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman continues to reserve his time. the gentleman from indiana. mr. carson: mr. speaker, i continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from florida. mr. stearns: mr. speaker, we have no other speakers. i yield back the balance of my
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time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from indiana. mr. carson: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on house resolution 775. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. carson: 475. pardon me, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. carson: mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to unanimously support house resolution 475. mr. speaker, i have no further requests for time and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass senate bill 475. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection a motion to reconsider is laid on the table.
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for what purpose does -- >> mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 775. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 775, resolution expressing the sense of the house of representatives with respect to the united states submarine force. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from minnesota, mr. walz, and the gentleman from florida, mr. stearns, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from minnesota. mr. walz: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. walz: just to the gentleman from florida, your earlier inquiry, i apologize not talking to you. the redundancyies flying out of minneapolis has been somewhat of a challenge recently. the staff arranged to have another member here. mr. stearns: will the gentleman yield? mr. walz: yes. mr. stearns: i am delighted to have the gentleman on the floor. mr. walz is the highest n.c.o. to ever be in congress.
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he was an e-9. so with a great deal of respect for anyone that served in the military, the united states air force, that we look to the gentleman like mr. walz an reappreciate his -- and we appreciate his time. mr. walz: well, i thank the gentleman for his kind words. i again appreciate the tireless work he does for veterans. it's a great testament and the folks in florida are lucky to have you there. thank you, mr. speaker. united states submarine force was a vital component winning the war in pacific during world war ii. the war simply could not have been won without this fighting force. although the submarine force comprised a little less than 2% of the navy's fleet during world war ii, they played a crucial role in eliminate be up to 30% of imperial japanese navy. day after day, the submariners entrusted their life on unreliable torpedos to protect
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them as they fought to protect the liberties and freedoms of the united states. for their courage and valor that runs deep, the united states submarine force should be formally commended by the united states house of representatives. house resolution 775 says that the united states house of representatives is committed and give honor to the 52 submarines that were lost during world war ii and the 3,000 mariners who made their sacrifice to protect the freedoms of this great nation. the seven submariners are john courtroomwell, samuel deely, howard gillmor, richard okane and george streak. their courageous fighting spirit going above and beyond the call of duty is recognized and highly respected. service members like them have set the example that are our armed forces follows. the contributions of the united states submarine force was moment us and critical toward winning world war ii. they exemplify the legacy to
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their commitment to guard our freedoms. i support house resolution 775 that expresses the sense of the house of representatives with respect to the united states submarine force. we should thank them for their dedication to this great nation. and i'd like to thank the gentleman from arkansas for introducing this important piece of remembrance and commemoration. and with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from florida. mr. stearns: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. stearns: i also rise in strong support of h.res. 773, a resolution expressing the sense of the house of representatives with respect to the united states submarine force. this resolution honors these service members who served their country during world war ii in the most unique circumstances. mr. speaker, i'd like to thank my colleague, mr. boozman from arkansas, as mentioned earlier, for introducing this
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resolution. i'd shortly yield to him for further remarks on this resolution. i'd like to thank chairman filner and ranking member buyer. it's a come dation to them to bring it to the floor for consideration. i urge my colleagues to support h.res. 773 and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from minnesota. mr. walz: i continue to reserve my time, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida. mr. stearns: mr. speaker, i yield to the author of the bill, mr. boozman from arkansas, for such time as he may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. boozman: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in strong support of h.res. 773, a resolution expressing the sense of the house of representatives with respect to the united states submarine force during world war ii. as we approach veterans day, it is fitting that the house honor americans who serve their country under the most unique of circumstances. earlier this year we honored
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those service members who participated in the d-day operations. yet, there's another group who faced incredible challenges in danger to ensure that victory would be possible for the united states and our allies during world war ii, the united states submarine force. mr. speaker, it is especially individual -- it is a special individual who will climb into a tightly fit space and go deep into the ocean. today's submarine is able to submerge for months at a time, cruise beneath the polar ice caps and carry strategic and tactical weapons of unbelievable power. but that was not always the case. the first submarines used for military purposes was built in 1776 by david busman. his turt the was a one-man wooden submarine powered by hand-turned propelers and was used during the american revolution against british
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warships. the use of submarines came into play again when the french designed alligator which was the first u.s. navy submarine which featured compressed air for air supply. the confederacy had serve human-powered submarines in charleston harbor. submarines saw much greater use during world war i but it was not until world war ii that the technological development of submarines that was a capable and feared weapons system. during the second worrell war 314 submarines served in the united states navy including many built at the end of world war i. this force comprised less than 2% of the u.s. navy ships but they sank over 30% of japan's navy, including eight aircraft carriers. more important, american submarines virtually strangled the japanese economy by almost five million tons of shipping,
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over 60% of the japanese merchant marine. serving in many of the hardest fought battles of the war as part of the silent service, the submarine crews rescued unlucky carrier pilots who ended up in the sea, like the future president of the united states, george h.w. bush. but victory did not come cheaply. they lost 52 boats and 3,506 men during world war ii. just a few weeks ago, i had the good fortune of meeting a number of our world war ii veterans from northwest arkansas as they left the airport to visit washington, d.c. as part of the honor flight program. these brave men, many of whom were just boys at the time, answered the call of duty and changed the course of history through their selfless action and love for their country. it's also a great honor to be able to attend -- it was also great honor to be able to attend the decommissioning ceremony for world war ii submarine veterans, diamond
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chapter part of the united states submarine mission last month. i was able to meet hundreds of the veterans and thanked them firsthand. a special thanks goes to pete rafble for making the event happen. i'd like to thank chairman filner and ranking member buyer for their opportunity to honor the silent service of world war ii. i was also -- i'd also like to take this opportunity to thank mr. sestak for his leadership in working with me on this legislation and express my appreciation for the support of all the other co-sponsors of the resolution. . i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from minnesota. >> i have no further speakers. i continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida. mr. stearns: i have no further speakers, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time.
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the gentleman from minnesota. mr. walz: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on house resolution 773. the speaker pro tempore: i had -- without objection, so ordered. mr. walz: i want to thank mr. boozman and mr. sestak again. continuously on the forefront of making sure the respect shown to our veterans and the benefits they earned are there. i urge my colleagues to unanimously support house resolution 773. i have no further requests for time. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 773. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the resolution is agreed to, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from minnesota rise? mr. walz: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 1168, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the
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clerk will report the the tight. bill. the clerk: union calendar number 183, h.r. 1168, a bill to amend chapter 42 of title 38 united states code to provide certain veterans with unemployment training assistance. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from minnesota, mr. walz, and the gentleman from florida, mr. stearns, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from minnesota. mr. walz: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. walz: thank you, mr. speaker. and thank you to my colleagues from florida and arkansas for introducing an incredibly important piece of legislation. h.r. 1168 is a much needed piece of legislation to address the job retraining needs of america's veterans. just this month the department of labor reported more than 30,000 recently discharged veterans have filed for unemployment insurance benefits. furthermore, as of september, 2009, the bureau of labor statistics indicated that 9,9 ,000 veterans were unemployed. these numbers are significant
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and they demonstrate an need need to help our veterans receive the essential training needed to get their skills that they can be employed in a meaningful manner. we know the employment training programs can be effective in providing job counseling and retraining, an important part of successful transition to a civilian career. h.r. 1168 goes one step further in support of veterans. the veterans retraining act of 2009 would provide a stipend to veterans who are enrolled in employment and training programs to help cover living expenses and moving costs. so veterans can move to anaire where there is a demand for their newly acquired military skills. this bill is good for the veteran, good for the unserved skill sector and good for the country. our veterans have invested in our country and this legislation invests in our veterans. h.r. 1168 is the result of continue -- continuous bipartisan work between the economic opportunity chairwoman, stephanie herseth sandlin, and the ranking member, mr. boozman. i applaud both mr. boozman and
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ms. herseth sandlin for the dedication to this issue. i urge all my colleagues to join me in support of this bill. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from florida. mr. stearns: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. stearns: i also rise in support of this bill, h.r. 1168, as amended, the veterans retraining act of 2009. it's unfortunate this wasn't part of the stimulus package because i think this could have been handled appropriately there. we have a c.b.o. estimate that it's an authorization bill not appropriations bill, but i think this is the kind of thing that would have been very pertinent to the stimulation bill. this would amend chapter 42 of title 38 united states code to provide eligible veterans with employment training assistance. mr. speaker, helping our returning veterans get back into the work force is of the utmost importance. i believe this legislation will further that cause when cause
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of the recession the unemployment level, particularly among veterans, continues to reach unacceptable levels. i'll be yielding shortly to the author of the bill, mr. boozman, for a full explanation, but i'd like to thank him for offering this bill and also as the -- mr. walz mentioned, miss her set sandlin the subcommittee on economic opportunity for moving this bill through the legislative process and also thank the chairman and the ranking member for their support. we must do more, obviously torques help our veterans today who have been hit especially hard by these tough economic times, particularly when they come back from iraq or afghanistan. i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 1168 as amended. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from minnesota. mr. walz: mr. speaker, it's a real pleasure at this time to yield as much time as she may consume to the co-author of this, a tireless and effective advocate for our veterans my
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colleague from right next door in south dakota, representative herseth sandlin. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. herseth sandlin: i thank the gentleman for yielding and his service to our country. i rise today in strong support of h.r. 1168, the veterans retraining act of 2009 which the veterans' affairs economic opportunity subcommittee passed on october 8 and the full committee approved last week. i would like to thank the ranking member of the economic opportunity subcommittee, mr. boozman, for his outstanding leadership in introducing this important legislation. and to full committee chairman filner and ranking member buyer for their leadership as well and support of this legislation. the bill offers important updates to the employment training assistance available to veterans. it directs the secretary of labor to provide a monthly assistance allowance to veterans enrolled in an employment and training program that teaches a skill in demand. in addition they would be eligible to receive a monthly
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housing allowance as well as a moving stipend of up to $5,000 for moving expenses directly related to the receipt of this training. to be eligible for this assistance, veterans must be unemployed for no less than four months and ineligible for our education. employment assistance is one of the essential benefits that our country gives its veterans. these benefits help our veterans adjust to life outside of the military and successfully transfer the skills and experience they acquired while serving in the armed forces to the civilian job force. again i want to thank chairman filner and particularly the hard work of ranking member boozman for their support on this issue. i urge all of my colleagues to support this legislation. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman continues to reserve. the gentleman from florida. mr. stearns: i yield such time as he may consume to the author of the bill, the gentleman from arkansas, mr.s boozman. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arkansas is recognized. mr. boozman: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank chairman
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filner, chairwoman herseth sandlin, ranking member buyer for bringing h.r. 1168 as amended, the veterans retraining act of 2009, to the floor. i introduced this bill to encourage veterans to enroll in job training programs offered by the department of labor that train participants for jobs in the new economy. in 2002, congress enacted the jobs for veterans act which gave covered veterans priority access to job training programs sponsored by the department of labor. unfortunately, just as in other sectors of the work force, veterans, too, have been forced to join the lines of the unemployed. according to the bureau of labor statistics, data for september, 2009, 990,000 veterans were out of work for an unemployment rate of 8.3%, highest in decades. of that number nearly 600,000
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were between the ages of 35 and 64 years. the years of prime earning power as well as peak financial obligations. there are also the group of veterans who no longer have access to any v.a. education or training programs. so while veterans may have access -- priority access to training -- so while veterans may have priority access to training programs, the need to provide some income to the family while training is the prime goal of h.r. 1168 as amended. to meet that goal, h.r. 1168 as amended authorizes $100 million per year to provide a living stipend and moving assistance to veterans who have been unemployed for at least four months. who are not eligible for training or education under title 38, and are enrolled in the -- in a u.s. department of labor retraining program. the amount of the living stipend would mirror that given
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to post-9/11 g.i. bill participants. the moving assistance is intended to help a newly trained veteran who lives in anaire of high unemployment to move to an area where there's a demand for the veteran's skills. it is my hope that 1168 as amended will be a step towards providing veterans with new skill sets anti-ability to locate where the jobs are plentiful. i want to especially thank ms. herseth sandlin for her help and leadership of this bill. and just in general her leadership on our subcommittee. i also appreciate chairman filner and ranking member buyer for bringing this bill forward to the floor. as always i want to thank the staff for your efforts. we don't do that enough. we really appreciate your efforts on behalf of our veterans and the tremendous job that you're doing. with that i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida. the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from minnesota. mr. walz: i have no further
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speaker. i'll continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida. mr. stearns: i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from minnesota. mr. walz:00 -- mr. walz: mr. speaker, again, thank you to both our chairwoman and ranking member for a wonderful bill and piece of timely legislation. i ask unanimous consent for all members to five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on h.r. 1168, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: no objection, so ordered. mr. walleds: i ask my colleagues to unanimously support h.r. 1168. i have no further requests for time and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 1168, as amended. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended -- the gentleman from minnesota. mr. walz: on that i demand the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays
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will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20 and the chair's prior announcement, further proceedings on this motion will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from minnesota rise? mr. walz: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 828. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 828, resolution to recognize october 24, 2009, as the 20th charter flight of world war ii veterans through the louisiana honor air as louisiana honor air day, and to honor the invaluable service and dedication of the world war ii veterans to our nation. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from minnesota, mr. walz, will control 20 minutes. the chair florida, mr. stearns l. control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from minnesota. mr. walleds: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. thank you, mr. speaker. i also want to thank the gentleman from new orleans for
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putting this piece of legislation forward. this is an incredibly important program and one that any of us who have had the incredible honor of being in the presence of our world war ii veterans if they get a chance to return back to their memorial is moving. the louisiana honor air's mission is to provide that every single louisiana world war ii veteran have opportunity to view the memorial for the first time. as the home of the national world war ii museum, louisiana holds deep roots in celebrating our world war ii veterans community. louisiana honor air provides the veterans a chance to stand in the presence of the landmark that memorializes their service to this country. they also visit arlington national cemetery and lay a wreath at the too many of the unknown soldier. the member more and arlington national cemetery mark our country's gratitude for the service our veterans have provided to the country. they are also a sim billion -- symbolic tie to these veterans. this experience only lasts one day, but hopefully stays in the heart of our vetance their
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loved ones forever. this service provided by louisiana honor air is an act of love for our world war ii veterans. operating solely on the efforts of volunteer and financial support from donors, louisiana honor air is able to make these dreams possible at no cost to the veterans. because the youngest world war ii veteran is 70 years old and the average age of our veterans is 86. time is of the essence. many of our last world war ii veterans are becoming too little to travel and there are not many opportunities left to honor them for their service. house resolution 828 will recognize and celebrate louisiana honor air's 20th chartered flight on october 24, 2009, as louisiana honor air day. we must act on a limited chance to support our last surviving world war ii veterans. let's not forget them and take advantage of every opportunity to celebrate their service to their country. with that i again thank the gentleman for such an important resolution and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from florida. mr. stearns: mr. speaker, i yield such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. stearns: i also rise in support of house res. 828, a resolution recognizing october 24, 2009, the 20th charter flight of world war ii veterans through the louisiana honor air as louisiana honor air day and to honor the invaluable service and dedication of world war ii veterans nationwide. . louisiana honorair provides world war ii veterans an all-expensed paid day-long trip from louisiana to washington, d.c., to see the world war ii memorial, marine corps memorial and to lay a reef at the tomb of the unknown soldier at arlington national cemetery. i'd like to congratulate them for their continued service to our nation. their flight on october 24, 2009, was the 20th honor flight organized by this organization.
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i'm sure it won't be the last. i've also had the experience and the privilege of honoring these honor flights in my congressional district. we've had four. we had one and recognized senator dole were participants to meet and greet these veterans. i know i have been inspired by the veterans who participated in honor flights from my district in florida and all honor flight networks around the country deserve our support. also on october 10, 2009, the 100th chartered flight of world war ii veterans aboard airways occurred during a la louisiana honorair flight out of new orleans, louisiana, the home to the national world war ii museum. it's estimated by the national honor flight network that over 42,000 veterans will have participated in honor flights by the end of this year. so i think it's a tribute to -- that we should recognize this resolution but it's also a
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tribute to my colleague, mr. cao of louisiana, for honoring this organization. i'd leek to thank the chairman and the ranking member for moving this resolution so quickly, and i urge my -- i'd like to thank the chairman and the ranking member for moving this resolution so quickly and i urge my colleagues to support it. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from minnesota. mr. walz: i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida. mr. stearns: mr. speaker, i'd like to recognize the author of this resolution, mr. cao from louisiana. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cao: thank you for allowing me to speak on behalf of my resolution. i rise in support of house resolution 828, to designate october 24, 2009, as louisiana honorair day, and honor the invaluable service of world war ii veterans to our nation. october 24, 2009, marked the 20th chartered flight of world war ii veterans from louisiana to d.c. through louisiana honorair to visit the national
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world war ii memorial. louisiana honorair's mission is to provide every world war ii veteran who is physically able to travel the opportunity to view their world war ii memorial for the first time. world war ii veterans are granted a chartered flight from louisiana to washington, d.c., for a day-long all expenses paid trip to visit the national world war ii memorial, the marine corps memorial, the iwo jima memorial and other memorials and to lay a reef at the tomb of the unknown soldiers. the world war ii memorial was dedicated in 2004 for a generation who are in their late 70's. therefore, many of the men and women who fought and sacrificed for our country have not had the opportunity or ability to visit.
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sadly, a few of the world war ii veterans scheduled to go on the october 24 flight passed away or became too ill to travel and were therefore unable to be properly honored for their tremendous sacrifices. as louisiana honorair prepares to fly its final flight on april 10, 2010, i am proud that its last three full flights were out of new orleans, louisiana, home to the national world war ii museum. mr. speaker, i had the great opportunity to welcome home several members of the veterans community on their flights back from washington, d.c., three weeks ago, and i have to say that from the reception that i received and from the faces of the many members who came back from washington, d.c., on that honorair flight, they were very grateful and honored to be able to participate in the program. under the leadership of t.d.
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smith, the louisiana honorair reminds our nation world war ii veterans how indebted we are to their service. as a son of a war veteran, i consider it a personal honor to sponsor this legislation, and i strongly urge my colleagues to vote in favor of house resolution 828. thank you, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida. the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from minnesota. mr. walz: i reserve the balance of my time, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from florida. mr. stearns: mr. speaker, i have no further speakers. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from minnesota. mr. walz: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and to add any extraneous material on house resolution 828. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. walz: mr. speaker, i'd like
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to thank the gentleman from new orleans and urge my colleagues to unanimously support this important resolution 828. i have no further requests for time and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is will the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 828. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the resolution is agreed to and without objection a motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from minnesota rise? mr. walz: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 3949 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 3949, a bill to amend title 38, united states code, and the service member civil relief act, to make certain improvements in the laws relating to benefits administered by the secretary of veterans' affairs, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from minnesota, mr. walz, the gentleman from florida, mr. stearns, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the
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gentleman from minnesota. mr. walz: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. walz: thank you, mr. speaker. h.r. 3949 as amended, the veterans' small business assistance and service members protection act of 2009, is a necessary cornerstone to grant serving heroes protections and opportunities they receive. these include several important provisiones that would not be possible without the hard work of many members of this committee and this congress as a whole. h.r. 3949 addresses the needs of veteran-owned small businesses, a provision of the bill will require that all businesses listed in the department of veterans' affairs vet bis vendor information database have been confirmed as veteran-owned small businesses so our veterans are furnished the economic benefits that congress intended them to receive through their military service and sacrifice. i would again like to thank congresswoman herseth sandlin, chairwoman of the subcommittee on economic opportunity for her continued leadership on this issue. h.r. 3949 also includes a timely bill first introduced by ann kirkpatrick of arizona. this seeks to revise the
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veterans committee on authorization whose authorization is set to extire at the end of this year. it will provide the v.a. secretary of subject matter experts to help ensure our heroes have the educational opportunities they've earned. furthermore, this comprehensive bill includes important updates to the service members civil relief act. h.r. 3949 will strengthen our efforts nationally, support veterans, service members and their families during a deployment. the bill will allow greater flexibility for family cell phone plans, rental leases, motor vehicle leases when service members are deployed or required to change duty station. the bill authorizes the u.s. attorney general to bring a civil action in u.s. district court to enforce provisions of the service members civil rights act. the act includes h.r. 3949 are a collaborative effort by bills from brad miller,
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representative connelly and representative murphy respectively. another important provision included in this legislation seeks to assist in v.a.'s outreach efforts to improve coordination among the key offices within the department of veterans' affairs. this provision was originally introduced by my colleagues, representative mike mcintyre of north carolina. the help the 160,000 legally blind veterans in the united states, a provision of this bill would establish a scholarship program for students seeking a degree in the area of visual impairment. this will help our blind veterans by helping the rehabilitation specialists with the appropriate education and training. i'd like to thank sheila jackson lee for her continued leadership on this issue and her dedication to the needs of our veterans. finally, the legislation honors our fallen heroes for providing a parent of the deceased
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veteran to be buried in a v.a. national cemetery when the deceased veteran does not have an immediate spouse or child. i want to thank representative barney frank of massachusetts for introducing this incredibly important piece of legislation. mr. speaker, this bipartisan legislation will provide needed changes for our veterans and their families while addressing the unique needs of veterans and service members as they serve the country. i would like to thank representative steve buyer of indiana, members of the committee and my colleagues for working on a bipartisan -- in a bipartisan manner on h.r. 3949. again, thanking the colleagues who got this final bill here and helping our veterans. with that, mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from florida. mr. stearns: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. stearns: it appears that this legislation has a lot of components. it amends title 38 of the united states code and the
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service members civil relief act. the bill, h.r. 3949 is designed to continue the advisory committee education, improve protections upon the service members civil relief act, improve v.a. outreach programs, establish v.a. scholarship program, expand eligibility for burial in a national cemetery. public law 109-461 requires veterans to maintain a database of veterans and disabled veterans owned small businesses and to validate the business included in that database. implementing those provisions, it applies for inclusion in the data enlisted prior to being validated. it will require v.a. to list only those businesses that have been validated. this will prevent nonveteran-owned businesses from representing themselves as veteran owned.
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mr. speaker, i did want to bring attention to my colleagues at this point on this side of the aisle that the amended bill we are considering drops section 102 from h.r. 3949 which was unanimously reported by the veterans committee. section 102 would clarify that congress intends to allow v.a. contracting officers at the department of veterans' affairs to award sole source contracts to service disabled veterans owned small businesses. well, on the same basis as so called a-8 businesses under the small business act. v.a. contracting officers often interpret the small business act as giving a-8 firms a highly priority vet service -- which we do not believe is congressional intent. all this provision will do is give veterans a level playing field with 8-a, women and minority owned small businesses.
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so obviously we are disappointed. we are not clear why this happened but we want to bring that toot attention of our colleagues. furthermore, service connected veterans small business have earned an equal level of contracts. unfortunately, the small business committee majority and the oversight and government reform committee majority are holding up this important provision to help service disabled veteran owned small businesses and it's a week before veterans day, i might add. they are men and women of all races and economic groups all over the country. in these difficult economic times they need the help section 102 would have provided. while i regret that this important provision isn't in the bill, today, we hope to work with the small business committee and the oversight and government reform committee to ultimately reach an agreement on a way to allow service disabled veteran owned small businesses just simply a fair opportunity to obtain sole
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source contracts from the veterans' administration. service members continue to experience service contracts and lease difficulties that's related to permanent change of duty stations and deployment. h.r. 3949 would clarify the members' rights and obligations under the service members civil relief act or sera, when terminating the contract or lease due to military orders. the bill also contains provisiones that would authorize the united states attorney general to initiate action in the u.s. district courts on behalf of a veteran whose rights under sera may have been violated and allows courts to provide relief to the members, including monetary damages, and have penalties up to $110,000. unfortunately courts sometimes fail to recognize the individual right of action that is impolicity in the service members civil relief act. as one hearing witness noted, it makes no sense to provide a right and then deny the
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individual the ability to enforce that right. therefore, the legislation would also codify a private right of action to make it clear to all courts that an individual has a right to bring legal action to protect rights granted under sera. title 3 of the bill includes an authorization to allow v.a. to provide up to $25 million in grants to state veterans agencies and to allow these agencies to provide all or a portion of these grants to county veterans, service agents to increase outreach to veterans. such grants carry with them significant responsibility for the v.a. and state and local veterans agencies to ensure simply these funds are properly accounted for and to measure the results of this provision. . the effects may be subtle at first or not occur immediately after the event. to accommodate the increasing number of visually impaired
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veterans whose sight has been affected either directly by combat or aging and disease, title 3 would also authorize the v.a. to grant scholarships to persons in educational programs related to treating visual impairment and mobility issues. persons receiving such scholarships would be required to commit to working within the v.a. health care system for a requisite number of years. the bill also stimulates conditions for repayment of the scholarships in the event the individual fails to fulfill the conditions that are specified in this scholarship. finally my colleagues, the bill would define the conditions of which a parents of a deceased veteran could be buried with the veteran in a national cemetery. i support this bill. i urge my colleagues to support it. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from minnesota. mr. walz: thank you, mr. speaker. before i yield some time to my chairwoman, i would like to say i concur with the gentleman from florida's assessment on section 102, when we look at
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this one of the things we discussed this was procedural because of the jurisdictional issues. i would sure be willing to work with the gentleman to make sure we bring that back up. the issue here was all of the good in the bill would have been held back and we wouldn't have been able to move any of it forward. i do concur with your assessment it is an important piece. we did vote on it unanimously and i think down the road we need to get it in. mr. stearns: i look forward to working with him. mr. walz: i yield five minutes to the chairmanwoman of the subcommittee on economic opportunity, ms. herseth sandlin. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for five minutes. ms. herseth sand cloin i rise today in strong support of h.r. 3949, the veterans small business assistance and service members protection act of 2009 which the full veterans committee approved with bipartisan support last week and which contains legislation i introduced along with the ranking member of the economic opportunity subcommittee, mr. boozman, to verify the veterans status of small businesses
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listed in the vet biz vendor information pages, known as v.i.p. data base. i would like to thank the full committee chairman and ranking member buyer for their leadership in support of this legislation. the overall bill under consideration by the house combines the provision from a number of other bills and strong legislation that will assist a broad away of veterans in a variety of ways. i applaud chairman filner for moving this legislation forward. the bill upstates the service members' civil relief act and burial regulations for national cemeteries t creates a scholarship program to improve the eye care of veterans and improve the dew point of veterans' affairs outreach efforts. the veterans small business verification act that mr. boozman and i introduced follows up on legislation congress passed in 2006 requiring the v.a. to maintain it's v.i.p. data base and verify that applicants for inclusion in the data base were veteran-owned small businesses or service disabled veteran own small businesses.
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one firms register, they call fide for sole source awards. the economic opportunity subcommittee learned through hearings and meeting with v.a. staff and veterans community that the data base contained firms that didn't qualify because the verification process was voluntary. this voluntary process meant that while the v.i.p. data base included over 16,000 businesses, less than 1,000 had received verification of their veteran status or had voluntarily submitted information to be verified. while i'm pleased the veterans' affairs secretary took the past six months to improve the process, this bill will ensure our veterans are afforded the small business opportunities they are due. the veterans small business verification act would amend title 38 to clarify current law and require the v.a. to verify firms or veteran owned small businesses or service disabled veteran own small businesses in order to be listed in the data base.
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furthermore it requires the v.a. notify small businesses already listed in the data base of the need to verify their status n conclusion h.r. 3949 takes important steps towards provided needed assistance in a number of areas to those veterans who bravely serve their country. i encourage my colleagues to support h.r. 3949, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from florida. mr. stearns: i have no additional speakers. i yield back the balance of my time. excuse me. the gentleman from arkansas, mr. boozman, i apologize. recognize for such time he may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. boozman: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i thank mr. stearns. mr. speaker, i, too, rise in support of h.r. 3949, several provisions of which originated in the subcommittee on economic opportunity. i want to especially thank chairwoman herseth sandlin for her leadership in moving these provisions, as well as chairman
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filner and ranking member buyer for bringing the bill to the floor. i did have one measure of disappointment and mr. stearns alluded to it earlier in the effort to get the business provisions that merely would have put disabled veterans on -- own small businesses on an equal footing when feet competing for sole source contracts when competing at the department of veterans affairs. i guess that was removed. i welcome -- i'm glad to hear -- i know mr. walz is as concerned as the rest of the committee, we are all concerned about this. hopefully we can work together to reach a solution to that problem. this is something that literally we have all been working on for years. so again like i say hopefully we can resolve that problem. this is a very, very good bill. i think it's something that the -- all of the committee can be
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very, very proud of. this is the kind of work that we want coming out of the veterans' affairs committee. and so i very much support it. again a special thanks to ms. herseth sandlin, chairman filner, and ranking member buyer. and with that i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. mr. stearns: i have no further speakers. at this point i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from minnesota. mr. walz: yes, mr. speaker. at this time i yield three minutes to the gentleman from massachusetts, mr. frank, who had an important piece of this bill incorporated in. or as much time as he'll consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. frank: mr. speaker, this is a sad day for me because it is close to the anniversary of the death in iraq of a very brave young man, corey shea, whose picture is here.
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he was killed in iraq just the day after veterans day last year and i went to the funeral along with my colleague, senator kerry, i think most members, i try very hard to attend the funeral of every young man or woman who is killed in the service of their country. it's the least we can do. it's not a great deal but the least we can do to show a small piece of the gratitude we feel to those people and our obligation to their families. it also seems to me anybody in our position who has to vote on going to war needs to fully understand the consequences of those votes. going to the funerals of the young people killed in those wars ought to be mandatory for any of us who vote. that doesn't mean you doesn't fote vote for the war. i voted for the war in afghanistan. i have been to funerals who were killed there. in this case at that funeral i
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met an extraordinary woman, denise anderson, the mother of corey, who was in her grief at the loss of her wonderful young son, further concerned because he would be buried alone. his country took him when he was too young to have married or raised a family, so under the rules of eligibility for burying of veterans cemetery, he was to be buried alone, his mother said, as bad as it was for her to lose her son, the thought that he would be alone forever added great need to her pain. she asked if she could be buried with him, but she was turned down. under the rules a member of the military, elinge beible buried in a national cemetery, who has a spouse and children can have up to three plots used. we are not taking anything away from someone.
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in corey shea's case this wonderful young man who cost his life has three plots. his mother simply asked to be allowed to use one of them. she was turned down. at that point senator kerry and i decided to see what we could do. we filed legislation to alleviate that. and i am enormously grateful to all members from both parties, the committee on veterans' affairs, for the speed with which they acted and the grace they showed to this brave, greefing mother. -- grieving mother. and i am very pleased that the bill which we with their concurrence call the corey shea act she's going to be included in this package. mr. speaker, rather than go further myself, i'm going to read the testimony that will denise anderson, the mother of corey, presented to the committee on veterans' affairs.
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we obviously exhausted our remedies, i should say, only after it was clear only legislation would work that we filed the bill. i should point out it's a tribute to denise anderson, this isn't a bill just for her and her son. it's a bill for any parent and any young member of the military who will know at least that's available to him and to her. so nearly a year after her son was killed in iraq, she had the opportunity to address the committee. here's what she said. i stand before you humbly asking you to pass or amend this bill number h.r. 761. this would allow me to be interred with my son who was killed in action in mosul, iraq, on november 12, 2008. he sacrificed his life for his country and i sacrifice every day being without him. my son, corey, had a heart as big as the world. he would be the first one to volunteer to help someone in need, but he would always
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hesitate to ask for help. he was a lot like me in that way, but today i show my passion for this bill by standing in front of you asking for your help. if you knew my son, would you understand what kind of person he was. he was a very respectful young man who would do anything for anybody. he was my heart and soul and can i not express the bond between us. if you have children you might understand, but losing a child is against nature. he should be burying me. i was a single parent until corey was about 8 years old. his biological father was not around. in fact he was in prison. he never paid child support and worked over 60 hours a week to support him and make sure whatever he needed. jeff took over the job of stepfather and corey accepted him. when he came home on leave, we would stay up until the son came up. i didn't want to miss a minute with him. my son was killed by an iraqi soldier. these soldiers are supposed to be working with our troops over in iraq. he was an iraqi soldier for four years before turning on
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our soldiers. on that terrible day he killed two soldiers, including my son, and wounded six other american soldiers. i was not home when the army came to my door. my 18-year-old daughter was there. she's a very intelligent person and knew why they were there. she called me not telling me what was going on which was probably a good thing. but when i arrived home, the police and army vehicle were parked in front of my home. my son had only a month left on his first tour and he would have been home. after passing out the police called the paramedics who took me to the hospital. the whole town came together for corey. they were so involved with his funeral and it was very heartfelt. my son was hopefully the only sold they're passed away during this war in mansfield. he's a mansfield hearo. i belong to the v.f.w. and i have spoken to many veterans that are members there and they don't have a problem with me being interred with my son. in fact everyone i spoke with doesn't have a problem.
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this amendment would not be taking up any other deserving space for our veterans. my son has three extra plots, he was not married. nor did he have any depend ents. he didn't have time i can speak all day regarding my son and what a wonderful and respectful young man he was. but i'm here to ask you to amend the mill bill number h.r. 761. if you decide to pass this it would give me some peace in my life to which i can pay more attention to my husband and daughter who i feel i have been neglecting. i could finally be able to move forward in my life just knowing i could spend eternity with my son. please listen with your hearts and amend this bill. i appreciate your time to listen to me today. this may be a minimal issue with you, but it means everything to me. thank you for your attention in this matter. denise anderson, proud mother of specialist corey shea, my warrior herine wonderful son. i would only say that the one
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difference i would have with ms. anderson is no one here takes this as a minimal issue. we are grateful to her for giving us one more chance to show in a small way how much we honor those who have lost their lives. i would just repeat one thing i said, mr. speaker, in the testimony. i cannot think of a greater disproportion than what denise anderson gave to us, her son, and what she's asked us to give in return. i am pleased that at least the house will be doing that today. i yield back the balance of my time. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from minnesota. mr. walz: mr. speaker, can i inquire how much time we have left? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman has 4 1/2 minutes left. the gentleman from minnesota.
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mr. walz: i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida has yielded back the balance of his time. mr. walz: at this time i yield as much time as he consumes to my colleague from north carolina, mr. miller. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. miller: thank you, mr. speaker. i also rise in support of this bill, a portion of this bill began its legislative life as separate legislation introduced by walter jones, my colleague from north carolina, and by me to improve the service members civil relief act, the scra. it provides a real remedy for the protections of the scra. someone who is serving in our military, who is defending our country, who is on active duty should not have to worry what is happening in court back home. they shouldn't have to worry if someone is getting a judgment against them or if their home is being foreclosed. anyone who has a claim against someone who is in our military should not have their claim -- should not lose their claim but their claim can wait.
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the lawsuit can wait until the service member can come home, come to court and defend themselves, defend -- to assert whatever right they may have to tell their side of the story. the law is now not entirely clear whether a service member who has had that right violated, the right to get a little break when they are on military service to do something about it. and the legislation now makes very clear that they can. they can bring home -- a lawsuit. the service member can join in that and the service member can bring a lawsuit of their own. a right that does not allow ranking minority member dei, a right that cannot be enforced is no right at all. this legislation now makes very clear that the rights under the scra are real rights and our service members can devote their whole energy to the defense of our country and not worry about what is going on in a courthouse back home. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida. mr. walz: mr. speaker, i yield
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the remainder of our time to the gentleman from north carolina, mr. mcintyre. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. mcintyre: per noigs revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. -- mr. mcintyre: permission to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. mcintyre: mr. speaker, i rise in support of h.r. 3949 which includes provisions of a bill that i introduced on the very first day that this congress was sworn in this year, the 111th congress, which was h.r. 32, the veterans outreach improvement act of 2009. i want to thank chairman filner and ranking member buyer for their support as well as the many co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle who have joined us to honor those who will be honoring as a nation on veterans day. this important legislation which passed the u.s. house unanimously during the last session of congress, the 110th, by a vote of 421-0, would improve the u.s. department of veterans' affairs outreach activities by allowing the
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department to partner with state and local governments to reach out to veterans and their families regarding benefits for which they are eligible and to assist them in developing a benefits claim package. you know, about a quarter of our nation's population of veterans are potentially eligible for v.a. benefits and services. a quarter of our total of our nation's population are eligible for benefits and services. they will ensure the accuracy and completeness of their benefit claims and under this legislation the secretary of the v.a. will be authorized to provide grants and assistance to state veterans agencies and to our county veteran service officers, those who are on the front lines every day working in counties throughout this entire nation to help that veteran when he or she walks through the door. these activities would allow veterans and their families to be able to get the assistance they need in the development and the submital of their
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benefits claims. the secretary would direct grants to states with large and growing populations of veterans in order to increase the outreach where it is most needed. grants can be used for education and training of state and county officials to gain accreditation for continuing education. the secretary would also be required to ensure that the coordination of outreach activities occurred will be the department of the v.a. this bill would authorize $25 million annually which is an average of $1 per veteran for fiscal years 2011 through 2013 to improve outreach to veterans. that, my friends i believe, is not too much to ask. that is something we can certainly afford to do and is the least we can do to reach out to those who put their very lives on the line for our great nation. this legislation is supported by the national association of county veteran service officers, which is officially recognized by the secretary of veterans' affairs for, and i quote, the purpose of preparation, presentation and prosecution of claims.
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this bill has also been endorsed by the american legion, the veterans of foreign wars, military officer organization of america, the national organization for veterans advocacy. as veterans day approaches in just a few days, it is important that we as a congress demonstrate to our nation's veterans -- 30 more seconds. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. walz: our time has expired. mr. mcintyre: thank you, mr. speaker, and may god bless those who have served our country. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 3949 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended -- mr. walz: mr. speaker, on that i demand the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are
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ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20 and the chair's prior announcement, further proceedings on this motion will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from minnesota rise? mr. walz: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 398. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 398, resolution recognizing the 60th anniversary of the berlin airlift's success. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from minnesota, mr. walz, and the gentleman from florida, mr. stearns, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from minnesota. mr. walz: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. walz: i'd also like to ask for unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks on h.r. 3949 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. walz: thank you, mr. speaker. before i talk about the importance of the resolution before us today, i'd like to thank the committee on armed services for working with the veterans' affairs committee for
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bringing this bill to the floor. mr. speaker, i also ask unanimous consent that the exchange of letters waiving the jurisdiction of the committee of veterans' affairs and the committee of government reform be in the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. walz: thank you, mr. speaker. as a whole, the united states armed forces is equipped with advanced an powerful equipment which gives them significant capabilities used not only for defense but also for humanitarian relief as was so ablely demonstrated in berlin from july, 1948 through september, 1949. during a time of tyrannical regime, the people of berlin was left without the basic necessary its such as food and heat. the first skymasters delivered humanitarian relief to the berlin people demonstrated our commitment to a free berlin and brought hope to all of eastern europe. i am in full support of this resolution which honors the veterans of the berlin airlift who lost their lives in the service to their country to bring the means of survival and
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sustenance to civilians under siege. the berlin airlift embodied valor, the good will of mankind. it stands as a perseverance and the commitment of excellence of the united states armed forces. it is only right to honor those in the berlin airlift. house resolution 398 does this and it also honors the men and women of today's armed forces who continue to uphold the ideals of integrity, compassion and liberty demonstrated by those involved in the berlin airlift. with this, mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from florida. mr. stearns: mr. speaker, i yield such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. stearns: mr. speaker, i also rise in support of h.res. 39 , a resolution recognizing the 60th anniversary of the berlin airlift's success. the berlin blockade from june, 1948, to may, 1949, was one of
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the major -- first major international crisises of the cold war and the first such crisis that resulted in casualties. during the multinational occupation of postworld war ii, germany, the soviet union blocked road access to sectors of berlin which were under their control. their aim was to force the western powers to allow the soviet zone to star supplying berlin with food and fuel, thereby giving the soviets practical control over the entire city. the truman administration reacted quickly by setting up a continual daily airlift that brought much-needed food and supplies into the city of west berlin. this airlift lasted until the end of september, 1949, even though the soviet government yielded and lifted the blockade itself on may 12, 1949. the berlin airlift resulted in
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the total delivery of 1,783,753 tons of supplies by the united states and 541,937 tons of supplies totaling $2,300 -- 2,300,000 tons into berlin. mr. speaker, the resolution not only details the history of the berlin airlift but also provides a list of all the units involved in the heroic effort at that time. the berlin airlift sends a clear message to the soviet union that the united states was unwavering in its resolve against tyranny in europe. so i'd like to thank my colleague, mr. fortenberry of nebraska, for introducing this resolution as well as the chairman filner and ranking member buyer for moving this bill as quickly as they could from the subcommittee to full consideration on the house floor.
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i ask my colleagues to support h.res. 398, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. mr. walz: i have no further speakers. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from florida. mr. stearns: mr. speaker, i have no further speakers, so i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from minnesota. mr. walz: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on house resolution 398. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. walz: mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to unanimously support house resolution 398. i have no further requests for time, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is will the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 398. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are
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suspended -- mr. walz: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from minnesota. mr. walz: on this i demand the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20 and the chair's prior announcement, further proceedings on this motion will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from minnesota rise? mr. walz: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 291. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 291, resolution recognizing the crucial role of assistance dogs in helping wounded veterans live more independent lives, expressing gratitude to the tower of hope, and supporting the goals and ideals of creating a tower of hope day. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from minnesota, mr. walz, and the gentleman from arkansas, mr. boozman, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from minnesota. mr. walz: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may
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consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. walz: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of house resolution 291, a resolution to recognize the tower of hope and the importance of assistance dogs. i truly believe the lives of our veterans are enhanced by the role of assistant dogs that help them improve their lives. the tower of hope trains service dogs, advocate for the benefits of such valuable animals and rewards grants to our wounded veterans. the tower of hope was founded by kathy whose husband died at the world trade center. the tower of hope was established and plays a major role in helping those seriously wounded in the war that almost immediately followed the 9/11 terrorist attacks. member service members are coming home with serious injuries and currently have to wait up two years before they can receive an assistant animal. many cannot afford them or don't know about the benefits that assistance dogs provides. house resolution 291 would help overcome these barriers by bringing more recognition to this organization that provides assistance dogs at no cost,
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educates the public about the benefits of such animals and brings hope to our wounded heroes. can can cost up to $20,000 to train a service dog, and i recognize the tower of hope for providing these valuable animals to these wounded heroes. these costs are not covered by the department of veterans' affairs by by national and local organizations and generous donors. i'm confident that this resolution will help promote assistance dogs and recognize volunteers and donors that makes such programs possible. mr. speaker, i urge support of house resolution 291, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from arkansas rise? mr. boozman: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. boozman: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of h.res. 291, a resolution recognizing
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the role of assistance dogs in helping wounded veterans live more independent lives, expressing gratitude to the tower of hope and supporting the goals and ideals of creating a tower of hope day. . it is one of many organizations across the nation providing and training assistance dogs to help individuals with disability. they not only provide a specific service to their handlers, but also greatly enhance their lives with a new sense of freedom and independence. training an assistance dog is fairly expensive. an individual dog trained for placement can cost upwards around $25,000 in care and training costs and training takes around 18 months to complete. with some veterans in need of this type of help, it is important for us to focus on the -- on this need and provide encouragement to the organizations such as the tower of hope working toward helping
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these veterans. individual citizens can check to see if there is an organization in their state providing training to assistance dogs and whether these dogs are being provided to service members by checking the assistance dogs international north america website. mr. speaker, i would like to thank my colleague, mr. hastings of florida, for introducing this legislation. and bringing to our attention the importance of these service dogs to our wounded warriors. of i would also like to thank chairman filner and ranking member buyer for moving the bill so quickly to the floor for consideration. i urge all of my colleagues to support h.res. 291 and with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from minnesota, mr. walz: i reserve the balance of my time. we have no further speakers, mr. speaker. mr. boozman: with that, mr. speaker, having no further speakers, yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the the gentleman from minnesota. mr. walz: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to
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revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on house resolution 291. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. walz: i'd also like to thank my colleagues who were involved in pushing this bill forward, a special thank you to our colleague from florida, mr. hastings, for his unwavering support of our veterans. i urge my colleagues to unanimously support this resolution. i have no further requests for time, mr. speaker. and yield back the balance. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 291. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are -- the gentleman from minnesota. mr. walz: on that i demand the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20 , and the chair's prior announcement, further proceedings on this motion will be postponed.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from minnesota rise? mr. walz: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 866. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 866. resolution expressing support for designation of a national veterans history project week to encourage public participation in a nationwide project that collects and preserves the stories of the men and women who served our nation in times of war and conflict. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from minnesota, mr. walz, and the gentleman from arkansas, mr. boozman, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from minnesota. mr. walz: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. walz: thank you, mr. speaker. abraham lincoln and the gettysburg address stated that the world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. in that spirit congress created the veterans history project in 2000. the goal of the project is to capture the personal stories of our nation's heroes so that our
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children and their children can more fully understand the history of this great nation. the project directed the library of congress to establish a national archive for the collection and preservation of videotaped oral histories of our veterans as well as copying of letters written during their time in service and diaries they kept. so there is a national repository of this very important part of our nation's history. this is a worthwhile investment of time and resources and is a gift that can be given for generations and centuries to come. there are more than 23 million veterans living in this country today, including the three million veterans of world war ii. it is important that these stories are told. and it's more important that these stories are told from the mouths of those who are on the frontline and participated firsthand as history was made. this resolution before us today, house resolution 866, calls on the people of the united states to interview at least one veteran in their family or community according to guidelines provided by the
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veterans history project. i would like to thank all the volunteers from across this country not only the veterans who have shared their stories but their family members and friends that have helped to capture their accounts. volunteers and participants become historians themselves, they can collect video and audio recordings. create a collection of recordings to be available for public use or written materials relevant to personal histories of our war veterans. i n courage all americans to reach out and thank the veterans they know and their families for their amazing 12350eus -- sacrifice. gain the wisdom of their personal stories of our nation's history and participate in the veterans history project. as chairman of the house veterans' affairs committee has said, he's had the opportunity to hear many accounts from many veterans. he hears the sense of pride that comes with them as do each of us who defended our country. this veterans day and the whole year through join me to take the time to show your gratitude to those who have answered the
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call of duty. mr. speaker, i'd like to thank the chairman, chairman filner, and ranking member buyer, all members of the committee, a special thank you to representative ron kind who introduced this to me as a school teacher, and someone who understands the value of these oral histories. this is an incredible archive. the support of this project cannot be overstated. it is going to be something that generations to come will understand what this country was built upon and they will have it as a resource to access at any time. again i thank everyone involved in this project. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from arkansas. mr. boozman: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. boozman: i rise in support of h.res. 866, a resolution expressing support for the designation of the national veterans history project week to encourage public participation in a nationwide project that collects and
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preserves the stories of the men and women who served our nation at times of war and conflict. the national veterans history project was created by p.l.o. -- p.l. 106-380 which was signed into law by president clinton on october 27, 2000. it is housed in the american poke life center of the library -- folk life center of the library of congress and contains firsthand accounts from veterans from every armed service conflict since world war i. the online database contains records much over 70,000 veterans and will continue to be a wonderful resource to inform and inspire all veterans, all americans for generations to come. in reviewing this collection of information on veterans, you can find the stories in the collection of the only remaining veteran of world war i, frank buckles. his digital collection contains
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both video and audio records of his time serving as a corporal in world war i. we also have the stories from the most current conflicts in iraq and afghanistan in the collection. to have this personal record is so important to the history and nature of our country. as it provides our nation with the unique perspective of what it's like serving on the ground, a point of view often lost in the history books. mr. speaker, it's by preserving these stories and records that the past is shared with the future. and the lessons can be learned. i highly encourage all veterans to participate in the veterans history project and support this resolution for the designation of national veterans history project week to encourage public participation in this nationwide collection of stories. mr. speaker, i would like to thank my colleagues, mr. kind of wisconsin, and mr. wamp of tennessee, for introducing this
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bipartisan legislation. and chairman filner, ranking member buyer for moving the bill so quickly to the floor for consideration. i urge all of my colleagues to support h.res. 866 and with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from minnesota. mr. walz: i reserve the balance of my time. we have no further speakers. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from arkansas. mr. boozman: having no further speakers, mr. speaker, i just urge support of this very, very important resolution. with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from minnesota. mr. walz: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on house resolution 866. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. walz: again, i, too, want to thank mr. wamp, mr. kind, and everyone involved in this. it's absolutely appropriate as next week we stop to remember veterans day. this project does so all year and for generations to come. i urge unanimous support of
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this resolution. at this time i have no further speakers. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 866. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules -- the gentleman from minnesota. mr. walz: mr. speaker, on that i demand the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, and the chair's prior announcement, further proceedings on this motion will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from minnesota rise? mr. walz: mr. speaker, move to suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 461. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the tight of the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 461, resolution honoring sen continuals in of freedom and commending the dedication, commitment, and extraordinary work of the organization. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the
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gentleman from minnesota, mr. walz, and the gentleman from arkansas, mr. boozman, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from minnesota. mr. walz: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. walz: thank you, mr. speaker. i stand in full support of house resolution 461, to honor the sent nelts of freedom scholarship foundation. sentinals of freedom is an organization that provides support and opportunities to selected veterans with nrs sustaining 60% or higher levels of disability in all branches of our military post-9/11. they provide significant support in assisting our veterans to readjust back to civilian life and prosper in their hometowns or new communities. each of the past recipients of the sentinel of freedom scholarship has an inspiring story. many have lived through injuries which they were not expected to survive and further endured many surgeries and months of recovery. for example, army veteran jake brown accepted the first sentinels of freedom scholarship in 2004.
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crushed by a tank while serving in germany he was in a coma for 10 days and not expected to live. now he's back in his hometown and thriving. jake returned to his hometown in california with his wife and currently works for u.p.s. where he has earned two promotions. he's also on the dean's list in college. he has dreams of ultimately attending u.c. berkley's school of business. despite having life altering physical handicaps, veterans like jake brown are grateful to be alive and continue to prosper in their communities. as mike conklin, chairman and c.e.o. sen nell of freedom describes, the program is not a charity but investment in the life of a person who has served our nation and has earned his right to be a part of the american dream. as our veterans return home from war, it's fitting to have house resolution 461 before us today. i'm grateful to have the sentinal of freedom and other organizations that assist our
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wounded veterans and shed light and let them achieve their dreams. with that, mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from arkansas. mr. boozman: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. boozman: i rise in support of h.res. 461, a resolution honoring the sentinels of freedom and commending the dedication, commitment, and extraordinary work of the organization. the bills we have passed this year would make enormous strides in helping our nation's veterans improve their lives. however the federal government cannot do this job alone. it is through the work of organizations like the sentinels of freedom that our injured veterans can get back on the road to self-sufficiency. started by the father of three army rangers after one of his sons was wounded in iraq in 2003, this two to four-year life scholarship program is meant to assist veterans with severe service related injuries
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who have the aptitude, attitude, and drive to become independent and successful members of society. the scholarship recipients are called sentinels in honor of their sacrifice and commitment to guarding americans' freedoms. over 32 service members have joined the sentinel of freedom program. they are flourishing because of the help and assistance they have received from volunteers in their community. mr. speaker, i would like to thank my colleague and fellow committee member, mr. mcnerney of california, for introducing this legislation to honor the work and dedication of the sentinels of freedom as well as the many volunteers working with this organization all across the country to help our injured service members move back into society. i would also like to thank chairman filner and ranking member buyer for moving the bill so quickly to the floor for consideration. .
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with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from minnesota. mr. walz: mr. speaker, we have no further speakers so we reserve the balance of our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from arkansas. mr. boozman: mr. speaker, i urge passage of this very important resolution and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from minnesota. mr. walz: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on house resolution 461. the speaker pro tempore: no objections, so ordered. mr. walz: i ask my colleagues to unanimously support this resolution. i'd like to thank mr. mcnerney of california for bringing this piece of legislation to the floor. absolutely appropriate the week before veterans day. i have no requests for time and
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i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is will the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 461. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the resolution is agreed to and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from minnesota rise? mr. walz: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass the bill s. 509. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: senate 509, an act to authorize a major medical facility project at the department of veterans' affairs medical center, walla walla, washington, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from minnesota, mr. wals, and the gentleman from arkansas, mr. boozman, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from minnesota. mr. walz: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. walz: thank you, mr.
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speaker. i rise in strong support of s. 509, a bill to authorize a new medical clinic in walla walla, washington. this bill would authorize appropriations of $71 million for the v.a.'s construction and major projects account in fiscal year 2009. this funding would be used to design and construct a 65,000 square foot outpatient clinic which will serve nearly 70,000 veterans in the walla walla area. it's been a long journey since july, twee, when the v.a. was trying to close the walla walla facility. there's been challenges along the way, especially with the care's decision in 2004 which formerly recommended closing this facility. however, we managed to do right by our veterans in the walla walla area by removing this facility from the v.a. facility closure list and included construction an outpatient clinic in the walla walla area. all of this would not have been possible without the leadership, hard work and advocacy of senator murray. mr. speaker, i'd like to take a moment to personally thank senator murray for writing this
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bill. i know how incredibly important it is for our veterans, especially in more rural areas, to get the care they need. i strongly support passage of s. 509, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from arkansas. mr. boozman: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. boozman: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of s. 509, a bill to authorize a major medical facility project at the department of veterans' affairs medical center in walla walla, washington. s. 509 would facilitate the construction of a new outpatient clinic building, consolidating the administrative and support functions that are currently spread across walla walla's 88-acre campus. this new outpatient clinic building will allow for the integration of primary and specialty care as well as mental health and ancillary services into a single
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state-of-the-art facility of the -- facility. s. 509 has the support of the entire washington delegation and the funds for this bill has already been appropriated. the funding must be authorized so we can move forward with the proposed improvements to the walla walla facility. mr. speaker, i strongly support s. 509 and the improvement it is will provide to veterans' medical care. and i encourage all of my colleagues to support the bill. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from minnesota. mr. walz: we have no further speakers, so i'll reserve the balance of my time, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from arkansas. mr. boozman: i yield the gentleman from oregon such time as he may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. walden: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank my colleague from arkansas. i strongly support s. 509 which authorizes the v.a. to construct this facility in
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walla walla, washington. now the walla walla v.a. medical center serves more than 65,000 veterans in a 14 county area which spreads over northern oregon, southeastern washington and western idaho. it's an integral part of the northwest health care network and has long established itself as a very important resource for veterans in the veterans community. now, construction of this outpatient clinic along with campus ren ovations, upgrades and addition -- renovations, upgrades and additional parking will better serve our men and women who have served our uniform. this investment in the walla walla v.a. medical center will provide health care to veterans in oregon, washington and idaho by providing them with a modern facility and continue to allow them to provide the best care possible. since 2003, when the v.a.'s capital asset realignment for
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health or cares commission wanted to close this failt is veterans had concerns in this very rural region of our country. these veterans faced the real possibility of having to drive hundreds of more miles to receive even the most routine care at the next closest v.a. facility which is located in boise, idaho, portland, oregon, or spokane, washington. in 2003 i voiced my strong concerns to the then v.a. secretary and sent testimony to the cares commission. by concerns by local advocates, former v.a. secretary jim nichols recognized the importance of the care provided in this area. today the walla walla v.a. medical center continues to make a name for itself because of the quality of care it provides to its verns. i was there in -- veterans. i was there in 2008 and met
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with the administrator and received an update on the facility which is recently expanded its reaches into my congressional district through the opening of a very important clinic, a community outpatient clinic in la grand, oregon. in -- la grande, oregon. it approved money to this specialty outpatient clinic in walla walla. the legislation we pass today will help complete that facility. it will provide quality care to the men and whoim have given so much in service to our nation. so i thank you again for the opportunity to speak in favor of senate bill 509. i thank senator murray for bringing this forward and members of both the oregon and washington delegations and the idaho delegation for their support. i look forward to passage of this legislation, and i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance
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of his time. the gentleman from minnesota. mr. walz: we have no further speakers. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arkansas. mr. boozman: i just want to thank, mr. speaker, the gentleman from oregon for sharing with us and showing that this is not only bipartisan but also a bistate effort -- i guess a tristate effort to get this done. i think that probably illustrates the importance. i'd like to thank our committee chairman, bob filner, and ranking member buyer. i ask all my colleagues to support s. 509. with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from minnesota. mr. walz: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on s. 509. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. walz: mr. speaker, i, too, ask my colleagues to support this.
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i'd like to thank the gentleman from oregon, mr. walden, for so eloquently stating the need for this. this would have been a mistake for not extending this facility. i appreciate your hard work to get this done. with that, mr. speaker, i have no further requests for time and yield back the balance. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass senate 509. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative -- mr. walz: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from minnesota. mr. walz: on that i demand the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20 and the chair's prior announcement, further proceedings on this motion will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from minnesota rise? mr. walz: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 3157.
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the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 3157, a bill to name the department of veterans' affairs outpatient clinic in alexandria, minnesota, as the max j. beilke department of veterans' affairs outpatient clinic. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from minnesota, mr. walz, and the gentleman from arkansas, mr. boozman, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from minnesota. mr. walz: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. walz: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to offer my support of h.r. 3157, a bill to name a v.a. outpatient clinic in alexandria, minnesota, in memory of master sergeant max j. beilke. master sergeant beelingy served in the united states -- beilke served in the united states army for over 24 years. he was killed at the pentagon on 9/11. he was laid to rest in arlington national cemetery. he was awarded the defense of freedom medal and a meritorious civilian reward. while in the army, he played a
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vital role in evacuating troops from saigon and is listed as the last u.s. combat soldier to leave vietnam on march 29, 1973, the end of the vietnam war. max beilke served overseas in germany, korea and vietnam and was an rotc instructor in st. paul, minnesota. while in the service, sergeant beilke earned a bachelor of arts degree by attending night school at the university of maryland. he later earned a masters of arts degree in personal management in 1977 from central michigan university. sergeant beilke retired from active duty in 1974 but remained dedicated to the service of our soldiers, the veterans and their families. the driving force was caring for soldiers and their needs. he was instrumental in passing the tricare for life program. for this he was named a tricare hero. from 1984 until september 11, 2001, mr. beilke served as
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deputy chief of the army's retirement services and was an active member of the army chief of staff retiree council. master sergeant max beilke left behind his wife, two daughters and three grandsons. master sergeant beilke was a true friend of thousands of army retirees and one of alexandria, minnesota, was most distinguished heroes in recognition to his commendable service, h.r. 3157 is supported by state and local dignitaries from the veterans of foreign wars, the american legion, the united veterans legislative council of minnesota and the department of the army. h.r. 3157 would name the new department of veterans' affairs outpatient clinic in alexandria, virginia, as the max j. beilke department of veterans' affairs outpatient clinic. naming a v.a. facility for master sergeant beilke, a hero and strong advocate for veterans is a proper and honorable thing to do. mr. speaker, with that i reserve the balance of my time.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from minnesota reserves. the gentleman from arkansas is recognized. mr. boozman: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. mr. speaker, i rise in support of h.r. 3157, a bill to name the department of veterans' affairs outpatient clinic in alexandria, minnesota, as the max j. beilke department of veterans' affairs outpatient clinic. i also want to thank the gentleman from minnesota, mr. peterson, for bringing this very important legislation forward. master sergeant max j. beilke, united states army served 22 years active duty and was stationed overseas in germany, korea and vietnam. master sergeant beilke was officially listed as the last u.s. combat soldier to leave vietnam on march 29, 1973. following his retirement from active duty in 1974, master sergeant beilke continued his commitment to u.s. service members and veterans by working
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with congress to pass the tricare for life program for military retirees. for his services, master sergeant beilke was named a tricare hero and continued his efforts by working on legislation to create a veterans survivors benefit program. it was while working on this bill at the pentagon in september 11, 2001, that master sergeant beilke was killed on the terrorist attack that struck that day. for his dedicated services to the united states military veterans population, master sergeant beilke was rewarded the defense freedom medal from the department of defense and meritorious civilian award from the department of the army. both posthumously. mr. speaker, i strongly support h.r. 3157 in recognize of the service and sacrifice made by master sergeant max beilke for his country. i encourage all of my colleagues to support this very important bill. and with that i reserve the
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balance of my time. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from minnesota. mr. walz: i'm pleased to introduce my neighbor, someone who understands the needs of veterans as well as anyone in this house and understands how important these outpatient clinics are and the incredible honor and why it's right to name this clinic for a true minnesota hero. with that i yield as much time as he may need to the gentleman from minnesota, mr. peterson. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from minnesota is recognized. mr. peterson: i thank the gentleman. i thank him and the gentleman from arkansas for letting me have a couple of minutes. i think you have already covered all or most of my speech, but we are very honored to be able to name the outpatient clinic in alexandria after a true american hero, mr. max beilke, who grew up on a small farm. was a 1950 graduate of alexandria high school.
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he was drafted to the army and sent to korea and shortly after he returned home from his tour of service, he re-enlisted and made the army his full-time career. max served in korea, germany, and lastly vietnam where he -- during his eight-month tour served as operations sergeant at camp alta in saigon where all soldiers were processed going to and coming from the united states. as was noted he was the last combat soldier to leave vietnam while his family watched on television. after 21 years in the army, max retired in 1974 as matter sergeant and eventual-l settled in laurel, maryland where he lived with his wife and raised two daughters. after retirement from the army he earned a master's degree from central michigan university. as was noted max was very instrumental in establishing
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the tricare system for our veterans and it was because of that he was at the pentagon on september 11 and met his untimely death on that day. he was laid to rest as was noted on december 11 at arlington. he had a distinguished career in the army and as a civilian. he has the support of all minnesotaans and all of our veterans organizations. and he very much deserves to have this clinic named after him. i want to commend the v.a. for opening this clinic. i think this is the fifth clinic they opened in my district. it was proposed in 2004 and we the grand opening ceremony just last month. and for too long rural veterans in my district have had to travel too far for health care. this clinic will bring veterans' health care service closer to all veterans who live in that area. the v.a. estimates it will serve 3,500 local veterans with
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primary care and mental health care and provide other services as well. thank you, mr. speaker. i urge the house to pass this legislation. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from minnesota reserves. the gentleman from arkansas is recognized. mr. boozman: thank you, mr. speaker. again i'd like to thank mr. peterson, the gentleman from minnesota, for bringing this forward. we very strongly support this bill and it's great that we honor a true american hero not only for the -- his service connection and how he served in the military, but how he led his life. so again we urge all of our colleagues to support this. with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arkansas yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from minnesota. mr. walz: mr. speaker, i ask for unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on h.r. 3157.
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the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. walz: mr. speaker, i, too, urge my colleagues to unanimously support h.r. 3157, thank the gentleman from minnesota for highlighting this, telling one of those stories of heroism, one of those stories of selfless service and tying it to something that's incredibly important as we move forward, rural care for our veterans. i have no further requests for time, mr. speaker, and yield back the balance. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 3157. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, -- the gentleman from minnesota. mr. walz: mr. speaker, on that i demand the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. -- pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, and the chair's prior announcement, further proceedings on this motion will be postponed.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from minnesota rise? mr. walz: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 174. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 174, a bill to direct the secretary of veterans' affairs to establish a national cemetery for veterans in the southern colorado region. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from minnesota, mr. walz, and the gentleman from arkansas, mr. boozman, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from minnesota. mr. walz: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. walleds: thank you, mr. speaker -- mr. walz: thank you, mr. speaker. while i'm pleased to be here today to bring h.r. 174, i think it's probably too light to say sponsored by our form colleague on the committee, mr. salazar. it will established a veterans national cemetery in colorado. mr. salazar who has moved on to another committee has been a tireless advocate of our
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veterans and this was a piece of legislation that i watched him advocate for with great passion because of the need. southern colorado, including el paso county and the city of colorado springs, as the second highest concentration of veterans living in the entire united states. currently those veterans in southern colorado and their families who wish to either visit a veterans cemetery or have their loved ones interned must travel into the denver metropolitan area to fort logan national cemetery in often treacherous weather conditions. not only is this an undue burden but the fort logan national cemetery is quickly running out of spaces. to alleviate this problem h.r. 174 directs the secretary of veterans' affairs to establish a national cemetery for veterans in el paso county, colorado. h.r. 174 reflects a fitting tribute to those americans who have served our nation with honor. the veterans national cemeteries of the united states demonstrate the dean sire of a grateful nation to appropriately commemorate those
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who served in our armed forces. since 1862 more than three million burials have occurred in v.a. national cemeteries. the national cemetery administration of the department of veterans affairs manages 130 national cemeteries nationwide for our veterans. of the 130 cemeteries, 60 are no longer accepting in-browned internments which results in millions of veterans and survivors being unserved and turned away from our national cemeteries. while the state cemeteries grant program has met with success, the need to build new national cemeteries with a strategic vision is really still quite urgent. this is why mr. salazar introduced this bill and related bill, the national cemeteries expansion act of 2009, h.r. 3554 which would require the v.a. to re-examine its entire national cemeteries establishment policy standard of 170,000 veterans in a 75-mile radius. this policy clearly has outlived its usefulness and
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should be revised immediately. i want to thank chairman filner and ranking member buyer for pushing this forward. as we lose more of our greatest generation of veterans and face the unfortunate prospects of additional fatalities, we need to make certain that veterans are provided a dignified, accessible, and well maintained final resting place. h.r. 174 helps to ensure this happens for the many veterans and survivors of the region of southern colorado. also i'd like to add that in the past this bill enjoyed the support of the military order of purple heart, the american legion, the veterans of foreign wars, disabled american veterans, and the paralyzed veterans of america. finally, i again want to applaud the leadership of mr. salazar on this bill, the bipartisan manner of the v.a. committee understanding how important this is. mr. landburg from colorado, springs, has been intricate in making this happen. this is one of the most moving and passionate discussion we have in the v.a. and the commitment to making sure national cemeteries are
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accessible to our veterans is a key priority. i urge the passage of h.r. 174 and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from minnesota reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from arkansas is recognized. mr. boozman: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. mr. speaker, i rise today in support of h.r. 174 which would direct the secretary of veterans' affairs to construct a new national cemetery in southern colorado. providing our veterans with the place of honored repose is one of the most sacred missions of the veterans committee. and we have given this mission our support over the years. the national cemeteries administration's record of high satisfaction among the families of its beneficiaries is the envy of the federal government. and is reflection of sound administration and strong congressional support free of political influence. the department of veterans
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affairs has a well established and proven method that uses distance and demographics to select new cemetery sites. while i believe that the v.a. process has its flaws and could use revision, it is the established process. congress has long defered to this process which is essentially free from political pressure. since 1999 congress has authorized 12 new national cemeteries all of which went through this process. a recent program evaluation of this policy revealed that there are some weaknesses in this policy and made several recommendations on how to bert serve veterans and their families. one such recommendation was to reduce the population threshold so that each cementtary would serve a population to as little as 120,000 veterans, the current population level is 170,000 veterans. v.a.'s continuing to review the evaluation.
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it is because of this process that mr. stearns of florida offered an amendment that was accepted for h.r. 1660 which is the predecessor of h.r. 174 from the 110th congress. the amendment was intended to ensure that any new cemetery authorized by this bill would not displace cemetery projects in areas previously identified as priorities. this language preserves the integrity of the cemetery planning process. i thank the original sponsors of the bill, mr. salazar and mr. lamborn, for including this language in this year's bill and i'm very pleased to support it. with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from minnesota is recognized. mr. walz: we have no further speakers. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from arkansas is recognized. mr. boozman: having no further speakers, again i just want to echo what mr. walz said earlier. that this is one of the most
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important functions that the veterans committee does. and has done it very, very well through the years. this is a very bipartisan bill and with that i urge all of our members to support this very, very important bill as it goes forward and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from minnesota. mr. walleds: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and glu extraneous material -- include extraneous material on h.r. 174. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. walz: i do want to thank mr. boozman for his eloquent words and fashion on this issue. this is truly an issue that unites every member of this house and country. the care and the dignity that we lay our veterans to rest. i want to thank mr. salazar and lamborn again for their unwavering commitment to getting this done. i urge my colleagues to unanimously support h.r. 174. with no further requests for time, i yield back the balance
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of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 174. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, and the bill is passed. without objection the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from minnesota rise? mr. walz: i move to suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 89. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 89. resolution supporting and encouraging greater support for veterans day each year. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from minnesota, mr. walz, and the gentleman from arkansas, mr. boozman, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from minnesota. mr. walz: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. walleds: thank you, mr. speaker. -- mr. walz: thank you, mr. speaker. each year on veterans day, america comes together to honor our nation's heroes.
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over 23 million veterans who served our country. again this year our country's engaged in conflicts that require the dedication of our uniformed troops. our nation has a proud legacy of appreciation and commitment to the men and women who have worn the uniform in defense of this great land. we must be united in seeing that every soldier, sailor, airman, and marine is welcomed back with all the care and compassion that this grateful nation can bestow. house resolution 89 encourages americans to demonstrate their support for veterans. no other group of americans has stood stronger and braver for our democracy than our troops and veterans. as a member of the committee on veterans' affairs, it's my honor to serve the veterans of this nation and i encourage my fellow americans to do the same. i firmly believe that veterans day should not be observed just once a year but our nation's heroes must be celebrated, honored, and remember every single day of the year. i encourage all americans to reach out to veterans, thank them and their families for the amazing sacrifices they make,
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learn more about their contributions to our country, and gain the which is donnell of their personal stories. . on this veterans day it's important to let these heroes know that this grateful nation honors their service. pause to remember their service and sacrifices of each and every one who has worn this nation's uniform. on veterans day and throughout the year, join me and every member of this house to take the time and show your gratitude to those who have answered the call of duty. mr. speaker, i know as a veteran myself, as a member of the p.a. committee and the honor to serve there and in the teacher of our high school students, how incredibly important it is to remember the foundations this country was founded on and for those who are willing to give and as we speak are still willing to give the ultimate sacrifice. veterans day is not a day for sales and veterans day is not a day to take the day off. veterans day is a day to
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understand all the blessings of liberty and freedom this country has. it's incredibly important. i urge the support of this piece of legislation and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from minnesota reserves. the gentleman from arkansas is recognized. mr. boozman: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. i rise in support of h.res. 89, supporting and encouraging greater support for veterans day cheer. our nation's veterans have sacrificed so much for the freedoms that we enjoy on a daily basis. our nation has an obligation to ensure that those who have served and especially those who are injured while serving have the necessary benefits and services available to allow them to lead productive and fulfilling lives. today a new generation of heroes returns home. too often draped in the nation's flag. their comrades honor their
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memories as they themselves become the living symbols of the cost of freedom. it is right that today, almost one week before our commemoration of veterans day, that we consider this resolution encouraging and supporting the observance of this important day for our nation. this resolution encourages americans to demonstrate their support for veterans on veterans day each year by treating that day as a special day of reflection, encourages schools and teachers to educate students on the great contributions our veterans have made to our country and requested the president issue a proclamation each year in connection with the observance of veterans day. mr. speaker, i want to thank my colleague, mr. baca of california, for introducing this legislation as well as chairman filner, ranking member bureau, more moving the bill so quickly to the floor for consideration. i urge my colleagues to support
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h.r. -- h.res. 89 and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from minnesota is recognized. mr. walz: mr. speaker, i have no further speakers and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from arkansas is recognized. mr. boozman: thank you, mr. speaker. having no further speakers, i just again want to say how important this resolution is. mr. walz said it so eloquently, especially coming from somebody like himself who did many years in the military and rose to a place of such prominence. we appreciate his service and again this resolution basically just says we need to slow down and do more to recognize the sacrifice of our veterans on this very, very important day. i think it's certainly very fitting and i urge all of my colleagues to support the resolution and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arkansas yields
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back the balance of his time. the gentleman from minnesota is recognized. mr. walz: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on house resolution 89. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. waleds walz mr. speaker, i'd like -- mr. walz: mr. speaker, i'd like to thank the gentleman from arkansas, a tireless supporter of veterans, a true gentleman in this house and someone who embodies what we're here for. there's far more that unites us than divides us and nothing makes that clearer than veterans day. i think all of us know that when we come together in support of our veterans, that's what's right about our country. we disagree on things but nothing will ever shake that. i want to thank the chairman filner and ranking member buyer for their outstanding commitment to this, mr. baca, maybe some people are wondering why this is 89 after all the big numbers. mr. baca puts this in very first every year from every congress to make sure that it's ready to go for veterans day. for that i thank him. andre carson was down here earlier.
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as i explained to mr. stearn why we did this, one of the things was, it's never hard to get anyone to come and support pieces of veterans legislation and mr. carson from indiana came back early and did that. i also want to thank for this package of initiatives going forward before veterans day, thank the staff, both the majority and minority staff, for their tireless work on this. the one thing i have found in working in the v.a. committee, the staff are there for our veterans. that is their main purpose, that's what they're there for every day and they continue to work tirelessly to ensure that we're doing good things. so it's with that that i ask all americans to stand proud with our veterans, stand tall, know that those freedoms that they enjoy so much come at an incredible cost to many of our fellow americans. but to let them know that we're this with them every step of the way -- that we're with them every step of the way and this piece of legislation will go further to do that. with that i have no further request for time and yield back and i urge the support of h.r. 89. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and agree to the house -- to house resolution 89. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the resolution is agreed to and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from massachusetts rise? mr. lynch: good afternoon, mr. speaker.
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i move that the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 780. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 780, resolution recognizing the celebration of filipino american history month in october. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from massachusetts, mr. lynch, and the gentleman from north carolina, mr. mchenry, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. lynch: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days within which to revise and ex tend their remarks and add any -- extend their remarks and add any extraneous materials. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. lynch: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. lynch: mr. speaker, on behalf of the committee on oversight and government reform, i'm proud to present house resolution 780 for consideration. this resolution recognizes the celebration of filipino american history month. house resolution 780 was introduced on september 25,
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2009, by my friend and colleague, representative bob filner of california. in addition this resolution was favorably reported out of the oversight committee by unanimous consent on october 29, 2009, and it enjoyed the support of over 50 members of congress. moreover the united states senate passed the companion resolution to this legislation, senate resolution 298 by unanimous consent, on october 1, 2009. mr. speaker, house resolution 780 recognizes the celebration of filipino american history month. as a unique opportunity to reflect upon the significant advancements of filipino americans in our country as well as highlight the countless and diverse contributions of filipino americans to national -- our national history and culture. this month-long celebration of filipino american history month was established in 1988 by the filipino american national historical society to coincide with the 225th anniversary of
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the permanent settlement of filipinos in the continental united states. notably the filipino american national historic society recognizes the year 1763 as the date of the first permanent filipino he settlement in the continental united states, in the small fishing village of st. malo located in what is now st. bernard parish in louisiana. these earlier settlers were former sailors who escaped their conditions aboard spanish gal ons to establish a filipino community in present day louisiana. the existence of this filipino settlement was first reported in an 1883 hoppers weekly article which is widely believed to be the first article written about filipino settlers in these united states. today according to the most recent united states census bureau estimate, the filipino american population in the united states is nearly 3.1 million, making the filipino
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american community the second largest asian american group in the united states and while the majority of our fill pe know -- filipino american population is concentrated in the states of california and hawaii, filipino contributions in the fields of public service, literature, business, science and other areas have deeply enriched the lives of all americans across our nation. whether we recall the approximately 250,000 brave filipino americans to serve during world war ii or our filipino americans deployed in the support of operation iraqi freedom and operation enduring freedom in afghanistan, our brave filipino american service men and women have continually demonstrated their commitment to safeguarding our nation. at great personal sacrifice. accordingly, i would like to thank the sponsor of this resolution, my friend and colleague, mr. filner of california, for his great work as chairman of our veterans committee and ensuring that the economic stimulus legislation
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signed by president obama earlier this year included a provision which required that our ref -- our roughly 15,000 living filipino veterans of world war ii received their full and deserved veterans benefits. the contributions of filipino americans to our national history are evidence -- evident in other areas, including government and journalism. notably in 1994 a man became the first filipino american to be elected to the united states governor. and in 1997, filipino american journalists of "the seattle timeses" were the recipients of the pulitzer prizes. a native of manila who came to the united states at the age of 4 was honored for a series of investigative articles about the widespread corruption and inequities in the federally sponsored housing program for native americans.
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he received his pulitzer for his reporting on the conditions of the american aerospace industry. mr. speaker, these are only a few of the many filipino americans whose achievements have greatly contributed to our national history. it's my hope we can commemorate the contributions of all filipino american through the passage of house resolution 780 and by recognizing the significance of filipino american history month. i urge my colleagues to join us in supporting h. 780 and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts reserves. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. mchenry: thank you. claiming the time. i yield myself such time as i may consume. mr. speaker, i rise today in support of this legislation and the two other commemorating resolutions of the government oversight and reform committee has put forth for consideration today on the house floor. congress should be, instead,
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though, i believe, focusing on high priority initiatives. we're facing record unemployment, deficits that threaten to bankrupt this country and a stimulus that's failing to create new jobs yet this congress is considering legislation that is not of that high priority for the american people. congress should be considering legislation providing real and immediate economic solutions for the american people before naming and commemorating resolutions. but i do rise today, mr. speaker, in support of this resolution recognizing -- in celebration of filipino american history month, which was last month. we have all seen the countless ways in which these filipino americans have advanced our nation politically, economically and culturally. filipino americans have significantly contributed to this country through arts, science, math, sports, commerce and every other aspect of american culture since they first arrived in the 16th century. during world war ii, over 200,000 filipinos served in our
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u.s. military. they served in a variety of roles such as the philippine scout, the philippine commonwealth army and as guerrillas. the history of our country has shown that filipino americans have strengthened the united states in all facets of our growth and development. over three million americans have traced their lineage to the philippines, making them the second largest asian american group in the united states. madam speaker, -- mr. speaker, i should say, i am pleased to support this resolution and i reserve the balance of my time. . mr. lynch: i want to point out the reason we are here dealing with noncontroversial items is because the house is not scheduled to take up votes according to the calendar until 6:30. so we use this time to take up matters that are noncontroversial, and we postpone votes so that members
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can come in during the day, they are flying in in the process, so this is a regularly scheduled event here. this is when we take matters that as this one, recognizing the importance of filipino americans, this is important to the filipino american community. very, very important. and well deserved. and i think it is appropriate at a time like this that we take the time and give due recognition to their accomplishments and to being important part of our nation's history and our culture. so i resent the fact that the inference has been made here that somehow we are using valuable time in the house when this particular time has been segmented so as not to interrupt what the important business to be taken up later in the week.
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we are taking this time now while members are flying in and we don't have a full quorum to address these commemorative issues. we will be in for the full week. we'll have plenty of time to take those other matters up when the house is fully assembled. again i have no further speakers but i will continue to reserve the balance of our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts reserves. the gentleman from north carolina. mr. mchenry: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. mchenry: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i would say in response to my colleague, i certainly appreciate the substance of this resolution. it is important. however my colleague's characterization this is only one day that we do suspensions here in the house is actually doesn't comport with the reality we faced over the last few weeks in the house of representatives. on monday, tuesday, and wednesday of last week the house of representatives
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considered suspension items, which are noncontroversial pieces of legislation, many of which are commemorating in nature. certainly important to the members and to the group they are commemorating. absolutely. i agree. but we do have major work that we must contend with and that was certainly the reason why i started this discussion by saying that we should be dealing with real major economic issues of the congress and take those very seriously and adding further that the stimulus has failed, failed our people. i think we should be working to fix that rather than simply commemorate or change the building names of different federal agencies and different governmental buildings. i certainly appreciate my colleague's comments, but we certainly have a different focus on that matter and that characterization. although i would say i share the same focus as my colleague from massachusetts and that is
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trying to do what's right for the american people. i certainly appreciate his work in that regard as well. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. lynch: continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman continues to reserve. the gentleman from north carolina. mr. mchenry: i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. lynch: thank you, mr. speaker. the point i was making is that this time, this time right now, has been reserved for this purpose. specifically. this is a regular occasion during the week that we do this. again while we have extended a courtesy to members of the republican side, members of the minority, so that they would know when votes are expected on the floor. we have put that to a time certain. and the reason that we are dealing with ceremonial matters, commemorative matters here is because members are not
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all in the district of columbia right now. they are not all in washington. they are traveling here. and this is a matter of courtesy, a courtesy extended to the minority members so that when matters of contest and of dispute might arise, they would be here in full numbers having the full opportunity to debate those matters. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 780. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the resolution is agreed to. without objection the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from massachusetts rise? mr. lynch: mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 159 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 159. resolution honoring the new
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hampshire state senate for becoming the first statewide legislative body with a majority of women in the united states. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from massachusetts, mr. lynch, and the gentleman from north carolina, mr. mchenry, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. lynch cloon thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and add any extraneous materials. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. lynch: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. lynch: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, on behalf of the committee on oversight and government reform, i'm pleased to present house resolution 159 for consideration. this resolution pays tribute to the new hampshire state senate for becoming the first statewide legislative body in the united states history with a majority of women members. house resolution 159 was introduced on february 11, 2009, by my friend and fellow new englander, representative
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paul hodes of new hampshire. in addition this resolution was favorably reported out of the oversight committee by unanimous consent on october 29, 2009, and enjoys the support of nearly 60 members of congress. mr. speaker, house resolution 159 honors the new hampshire state senate for the remarkable distinction of becoming the first statewide legislative body to consist of a majority of women members. according to the 2008 census bureau estimates, women comprise roughly 50.7% of the american population. yet despite the extent of their representation in the u.s. population, women remain significantly underrepresented as local, state, and federal government levels. notably out of the 435 members of the united states house of representatives, women hold 77 congressional seats. moreover the united states senate in the united states senate, women hold 17 of the senate's 100 seats. in light of these and similar statistics, evidencing the
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underrepresentation of women in government, the advancement of female legislators in the new hampshire state senate can be characterized as a defining moment in our nation's history. following the state legislature elections of november, 2008, state of new hampshire began its current legislative session on december 3, 2008, with a historic female majority in the state senate. specifically women legislators currently hold 13 of new hampshire's 24 state senate seats. in addition nine female senators are currently serving as chairs in the state senate. which consists of 14 standing committees. moreover, the hon yorble sylvia larson is serving her second consecutive term as state senate president. with the honorable terry norelli also serving her second consecutive term as speaker of the new hampshire house of representatives. mr. speaker, i would also like to recognize that this water shed moment in the -- in
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american history would not have been possible without the efforts of previous female leaders in new hampshire politics. including the honorable ferguson and honorable roy. senator ferguson who served in the new hampshire statehouse from 1931 to 1933 has the distinction of becoming the first woman elected to the new hampshire state senate. ms. roy made history as the first woman elected to serve as president of the new hampshire state senate as well as the first woman to serve as the governor of new hampshire from 1982 to 1983 . mr. speaker, the remarkable achievements of these women legislators are an inspiration as well as historic. to all those americans that are committed to the equality of all citizens regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, or gender. let us as a body take this opportunity to honor the great state of new hampshire and its state senate for this fine achievement by passing house resolution 159. i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting this resolution
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and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. mchenry: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. mchenry: thank you, mr. speaker. as i said in the previous resolution that i was managing here on the floor, while i'm supportive of this legislation the previous commemorating resolution and the additional one, the oversight and government reform committee is offering here for consideration today, i believe that congress should be instead focusing on higher priority initiatives. we are facing record unemployment, deficits that threaten to bankrupt the country, and a stimulus that is failing to create new jobs. congress should be considering legislation providing real and immediate economic solutions for the american people before naming and commemorating anything. but having said that, i do think it is important to recognize the state of new
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hampshire for their certain milestone, major milestone. i rise in support of h.res. 1589 honoring -- 159 honoring the new hampshire state senate for becoming the first legislative body with a majority of women in the united states. as a result of the 2008 statewide elections 13 of 24 seat in the senate are now held by women, an increase which resulted in their majority status. on the national level, less than one in four legislators is female and eight of 50 governors is a woman. these numbers continue to grow with each election year throughout the country. i'm pleased to salute the women of new hampshire for their commitment to the public service as well as the women throughout the united states who choose to serve our citizens on the local, state, and federal levels. as their elected representatives. we certainly commend the wonderful work and addition that new hampshire has been able to meet by this wonderful
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milestone. so with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. lynch: mr. speaker, i see no further speakers on our side, but i continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. mchenry: we have no further speakers on this side. we have no republican members from new hampshire actually in this congress. they are not here to speak. with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. lynch: thank you, mr. speaker. i would just point out that last week we actually finally had a working draft, an official draft of the health care reform bill. my colleagues on the other side have insisted rightly that they have 72 hours to review that bill. that it be placed online. and i think it is a courtesy i
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think to keep controversial issues off the floor today to allow members to consider that legislation because it is so important. i think if we jam the schedule today with controversial matters, you might hear the complaint from my colleagues and others that they weren't given full and fair opportunity to read that health care reform bill. you're darn in you do sometimes and you're darn if you don't. i certainly want to join with the lead sponsor and my colleague, the gentleman from north carolina, but especially paul hodes from new hampshire who is the lead sponsor of this resolution in congratulating the new hampshire state senate. i happen to be a member of the new hampshire bar so this is particularly proud moment for me as well in celebrating their terrific accomplishment through the passage of house resolution 159. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 159. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the resolution is agreed to, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from massachusetts rise? mr. lynch: mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 736. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 736. resolution honoring president lincoln's gettysburg address on dedication day, november 19, 2009. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from massachusetts, mr. lynch, and the gentleman from north carolina, mr. mchenry, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. lynch: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and add any extraneous material. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. lynch: thank you, mr. speaker.
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i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. lynch: mr. speaker, on behalf of the committee on oversight and government reform, i'm proud to present house resolution 736 for consideration. this resolution pays tribute to the historic gettysburg address delivered by president abraham lincoln in gettysburg, pennsylvania, on november 19, 1863. . it was introduced on september 10, 2009, by my great friend and colleague, representative taud. in addition, this resolution was favorably reported out of the oversight committee on october 29, 2009, and enjoys the support of over 50 members of congress. mr. speaker, house resolution 736 honors one of the most remarkable and significant political contributions in terms of speeches made by one of our
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greatest presidents. the gettysburg address delivered by president lincoln at the dedication of the soldiers national cemetery in gettysburg, pennsylvania, on thursday, november 19, 1863. this resolution is not only fitting but also timely as earlier this year we celebrated the bicentennial anniversary of the birth of president lincoln and on november 19 we will mark the 146th anniversary of dedication day and the gettysburg address. in his invitation letter to president lincoln, gettysburg attorney david wills requested that president lincoln participate in the dedication ceremony by delivering, quote, a few appropriate remarks, closed quote. as wills noted, the former senator of massachusetts was already scheduled to deliver the central oration. accordingly, the dedication
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address delivered by president lincoln more than four months following the piven toll battle of get berling -- pivotal battle of gettysburg was known for the depth of its content in less than three minutes and in only 10 sentences, president lincoln eloquently commemorated the lives of those who had fallen on the hallowed battlefield, reaffirmed the founding principles of the then divided united states of america and set forth the emphasis behind the continuation of the shared struggle to unify the nation amongst a deadly civil war. as noted by president lincoln at the conclusion of his historic address, quote, it is for us, the living, rather than to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus so far nobly advanced, that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vein, that this nation under god shall have a new birth of freedom and that governments of the people, by the people and
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for the people shall not perish from this earth, closed quote. the elegance of president lincoln's brief words was noted by senator everett whose oration at gettysburg preceded the president's address and lasted approximately two hours. in a letter that he sent to president lincoln following the dedication ceremony, the senator wrote, i should be glad if i could flatter myself that i came as near to the central idea in two hours as you did in two minutes, closed quote. and the profound impact of president lincoln's address on our national history has been evident for generations. in addition to his prominence on the south wall of the lincoln memorial in washington, d.c., the gettysburg address has served as a timeless source of inspiration and our eternal commitment as a nation to achieve equality among all citizens. notably president clin don -- lincoln's address was referenced
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in the equally historic "i have a dream" speech delivered by the reverend martin luther king jr. on the steps of the lincoln memorial in 1963. as acknowledgment of the president's words, the 79th congress approved house joint resolution 35 on august 7, 1946. thereby designating the day of november 19 as dedication day. the 79th congress additionally characterized the gettysburg address as, quote, the outstanding classic of the ages and recognized that it will be -- excuse me, it will touch the hearts of men and inspire faith in our democracy as lock as time endures -- long as time endures. mr. speaker, let us pay further tribute to president lincoln and the -- in the year of his bicentennial birthday celebration and in anticipation of the 146th anniversary of the gettysburg address through our support of representative platts
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of pennsylvania and in support of his resolution, 736. i would like to thank my colleague, mr. platts, for introducing this legislation and i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting this resolution and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts reserves. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. mchenry: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. mchenry: thank you, mr. speaker. as i said in the two previous resolutions that have come forth from the oversight and government reform committee, while i do support the legislation at hand, in the motivation -- and the motivation behind it, i do think the congress should be focusing instead on higher priority initiatives. we're facing record unemployment, deficits that threaten to bankrupt the country and a stimulus that is failing to help our people and create new jobs. congress should be considering legislation providing real and immediate economic solutions for the american people before naming and commemorating resolutions.
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i certainly appreciate the initiative of my colleagues to acknowledge the gettysburg address and the anniversary that we are fast approaching. i do find it quite interesting as a congressman from a southern state and my colleague that controls the majority time is from a northern state. it's kind of interesting that even those issues -- actually those dynamics still persist of both southerners and yankees alike or new englanders. but we can have an honest debate in this country we is certainly worth while and i think that gettysburg address, lincoln's gettysburg address certainly is wonderful, an enormous milestone for all americans, whether or not your state was in the union at that point, whether it even existed at that point. and on november 19, 1863,
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president lincoln delivered a carefully crafted address that was assumed by many to be overshadowed by senator everett's two-hour oration. so unsuspecting was the crowd and so swift was the speech that no pictures were taken while the address was given. if the crowd had known that they were witnessing the defining speech of the war between the states i'm confident that many more would have been better prepared for the occasion. in 10 lines and 272 words, the president redefined the war as an effort to solidify the american political system, our republic, calling upon the nation to dedicate themselves to a new birth of freedom so that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth. we all know these wordses, mr. speaker -- words, mr. speaker. we all care about these words. though brief, his oration was powerful and these few
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appropriate remarks, lincoln honored the fallen but also paid homage to the founding fathers and their commitment to a nation led by its people. and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. lynch: mr. speaker, we have no further speakers at this time but i'll continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. mchenry: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. lynch: i continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman continues to reserve. the gentleman from north carolina. mr. mchenry: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. mchenry: thank you, mr. speaker. i would stay in closing, a larger issue for the american people, that this commemorative resolution, while certainly important, it's posh to recognize the gettysburg -- it's
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important to recognize the gettysburg address, though delivered in 1863 i think today we are at an anniversary of the 146th year for the gettysburg address. and it's important that we remember and commemorate this, but i think it's also important that we have a real debate about health care. and i do appreciate my colleagues saying earlier that we're going to have a debate, we're -- we'll have 72 hours to review the health care bill which is good and certainly we're grateful as the minority party to have that time to review such a massive piece of legislation. but i also think it's important that we have significant debate on this legislation and that rather than having just two or three hours which has been the news this week that we'll have to debate such a far reaching piece of legislation on this house floor, that we would be able to spend more time, even on a monday, to spend more time
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debating health care and the importance of getting this approach right for the american people, not just for today but for tomorrow. and so with that i would reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts has the right to close. the gentleman from north carolina. mr. mchenry: does he reserve his time? mr. speaker? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from north carolina. mr. mchenry: i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. lynch: thank you, mr. speaker. do i want to say that -- i want to point out that the current resolution is offered by my dear friend and colleague who happens to be republican, so if i did not extend him the courtesy, mr. platts of pennsylvania, it to offer this resolution, i think it would not come forth to the level of courtesy that this house requires.
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i do want to point out that of the last seven resolutions that we have taken up in the house today, five out of the seven were offered by republican members. senate 475 by senator bur, house resolution 773 by representative boozman, again, 1168 again by representative boozman. those are all dealing with veterans issues. representative mcgown of house affairs and representative fortenberry, another one of my great republican friends. so, if the gentleman, you know, wanted to complained a restrain his own members from offering what i think are meritorious and deserving resolutions with respect to veterans and to the people of their own districts, that's a courtesy that i fully
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and fairly recognize and choose to honor but if the gentleman wants to press with his -- mr. mchenry: would the gentleman yield? would the gentleman yield? mr. lynch: the gentleman has already chausted his time for no apparent purpose -- exhausted his time for no apparent purpose. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts controls the time. mr. lynch: with that being said, mr. speaker, i ask all the members to support mr. platts of pennsylvania in his resolution, my republican friend, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 736. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. mr. lynch: i object to the vote on the grounds that a quorum is not present and i make a point of order that a quorum is not present. . the speaker pro tempore: in the
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opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspend swd. the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. lynch: mr. speaker, i object to the vote on the grounds that a quorum is not present and i make a point of order that a make a point of order that a quorum is not present. >> tomorrow, the house meets with the senate in a joint session to hear from the german chancellor angela merkel. on wednesday and thursday, members will consider a bill to modify credit card regulations that are to go into affect in
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february. house democratic leaders say they plan to bring up health care legislation on thursday. >> the president and ceo of uni vision on "the communicator's." >> the new japanese prime minister outlined his program to parliament last week. he led a democratic party of japan to victory in august, defeating the long ruling democratic party. in his 53-minute speech, he outlined his government's agenda, addressing issues of government reform, climate change, and u.s.-japan relations. this is his first speech to the japanese parliament since he assumed office in september.